Modimolle-Mookgophong Mayor Marlene van Staden dies

Modimolle-Mookgophong Mayor Marlene van Staden dies

The Mayor of Modimolle-Mookgophong Local Municipality Marlene van Staden has died following a long battle with cancer.

Marlene van Staden
Mayor Marlene van Staden

Van Staden died on Thursday morning at the age of 42.

She was elected mayor following the 2016 local government elections, in the process becoming the only DA mayor in Limpopo.

The DA’s provincial chairperson Jacques Smalle has described Van Staden as someone who brought stability to the municipality.

"We are very saddened by her passing; she played an instrumental role in stabilising the municipality in the past 8 years. She will definitely be dearly missed, yes she had a battle with cancer and she was a brave woman fighting every day."

DA Federal leader John Steenhuisen says Van Staden was a trailblazing politician and pioneering public servant.

"Marlene Van Staden is known for being instrumental in forging relationships with civil society organisations to better capacitate and improve governance. In many ways, she created the blueprint for the DA’s whole-of-society approach to governance which has the potential to change the face of South African government in its entirety.

"As one of the DA’s flagship mayors, Marlene was dedicated, resilient, and a powerhouse of local government – her strength of conviction and sheer determination softened by a wonderful sense of humour and gentle kindness.

“As a person, Marlene was infectiously buoyant and optimistic, with a can-do attitude and admirable lust for life. There was no task that she did not undertake with immense passion and a sense of genuine and heartfelt goodwill."

She is survived by her husband and two children.


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