Makhubo ‘fallen soldier’ as political parties pay tribute to late Joburg mayor

Makhubo ‘fallen soldier’ as political parties pay tribute to late Joburg mayor

Political parties in Johannesburg have expressed shock at the sudden passing of Mayor Geoff Makhubo. 

Johannesburg Mayor Geoff Makhubo
Image courtesy: The City of Johannesburg

Makhubo died from Covid-19-related complications on Friday. 


He was admitted to a hospital last week after testing positive for the virus. 


Makhubo’s predecessor, ActionSA leader Herman Mashaba, says the mayor’s passing comes as a shock.


"In these difficult times, we are reminded of how fragile life can be. Our shared humanity will always come before our politics." 


Gauteng, which is the epicentre of the third wave, has seen several of its mayor test positive for Covid-19.


Ekurhuleni mayor Mzwandile Masina is the latest mayor in isolation after testing positive for the virus on Wednesday. His counterpart in Tshwane Randall Williams also has Covid-19..


"The DA in Johannesburg would like to express our most sincere condolences to the family and friends of the Executive Mayor, Cllr Geoff Makhubo,” said Democratic Alliance (DA) caucus leader in Johannesburg, Leah Knott.  


"We hope for peace and comfort for them in this difficult time."


Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) chairperson in Gauteng Itani Mukwevho described Makhubo as a fallen soldier.


"As the EFF, we say to them we are together and will continue to support them because Geoff Makhubo was the mayor of the city of Johannesburg under the leadership of the African National Congress.


"We feel very much that we lost a soldier and a person who we were working with as a colleague in politics." 

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