Johannesburg Mayor Geoff Makhubo has died of Covid-19

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  • The mayor was admitted to hospital on 3 July after testing positive and going into isolation on June 20.
  • THealth and Social Development MMC Eunice Mgcina is acting mayor.
  • Makhubo died on Friday morning


City of Johannesburg Mayor Geoff Makhubo has succumbed to Covid-19.

Earlier this month, the City's spokesperson, Mlimandlela Ndamase, said in statement Makhubo had been hospitalised for Covid-19 complications following a positive test result in late June.

Earlier this week, Ndamase told News24 that Makhubo would remain in hospital "until his medical team is satisfied with his recovery".

Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Health and Social Development Eunice Mgcina has been appointed as acting mayor.

Mgcina said Makhubo succumbed to Covid-19 on Friday morning.

"We had hoped that Makubo would defeat the virus, return to work and lead the City as we face this pandemic that has devastated lives and livelihoods. Sadly, it was not to be. 

"Our heartfelt condolences go to his wife, daughters, mother and the rest of his family, friends and comrades. The family has requested to be afforded privacy and space as they process the untimely passing of one of their own," Mgcina said.

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Johannesburg ANC spokesperson Sasa Manganye said Makhubo's passing had saddened them.

Manganye said the party was processing the sad news.

"We are shattered as an organisation. We didn't expect that Makhubo's admission will lead to us losing him. He was a strong man and believed he would fight and win the battle. He was not only the mayor of the ANC. He was a friend to many of us in the ANC and the opposition party.

"He has been on the ground ensuring that the City of Johannesburg residents comply with the regulations," Manganye said.

Makhubo was elected as mayor in December 2019.

Manganye urged residents of Jihannesburg to keep Makhubo's family in their prayers during these challenging times.

Mourners are discouraged from gathering at Makhubo's home.

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