Mayor of South Africa’s economic hub, Johannesburg, Geoff Makhubo, has died after a brief battle with coronavirus.
Earlier in July, city spokesperson Mlimandlela Ndamase said Makhubo had been hospitalised due to complications from a Covid infection.
Makhubo had received a positive result from a Covid test taken in late June and, unfortunately, succumbed to the infection on Friday morning at the age of 53.
Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Health and Social Development Eunice Mgcina has been appointed as acting Mayor.
Mgcina, in her tribute to the late Makhubo, offered condolences to his family and expressed her sympathy.
“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.”
Geoff Makhubo took office in December 2019 after the ruling party wrested control of the City from an opposition coalition.