President Cyril Ramaphosa has hailed the late former Johannesburg Mayor Mpho Moerane for his leadership.
Ramaphosa delivered the eulogy at Moerane’s funeral service, which was held on Sunday, 22 May 2022.
Moerane died on Wednesday afternoon after spending more than a week in hospital. He was involved in a serious car accident
Moerane was the leader of the ANC caucus in the city and also headed the regional task team fundraiser. Moerane briefly served as the mayor of Johannesburg, having been elected in October 2021. However, it wasn’t long until the party ceded control of the metro in the 2021 Local Government Elections. His namesake, the DA’s Dr Mpho Phalatse then took over as mayor.
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RAMAPHOSA: MOERANE ‘DIDN’T LAY TRAPS FOR THE NEW EXECUTIVE MAYOR’
President Cyril Ramaphosa told mourners that when he left the Johannesburg mayorship, Mpho Moerane ensured that the transition was civil and smooth.
“He didn’t lay traps for the new executive mayor, he didn’t cling to the mayoral chain and cause chaos in the chamber. He deferred to the will of the electorate, to the instructions of the leadership of his party, presiding over a smooth hand-over and returned to being just a councillor. In that role, he ensured that council is run in the spirit of cooperation and that all views will be respected,” Ramaphosa said.
Moerane’s uncle has also paid tribute to him. Gift Moerane, the former mayor of Emfuleni Local Municipality, spoke of his last days.
“He listened quietly as we prayed around him. We prayed for his departure, that his soul may rest in peace. It was exactly at 17:55 when he departed from this world. And we are so pleased that Mpho received blessings from his church. We concluded that in that moment of his dedication with a prayer for his guardian angel to carry him home,” he said.
Moerane is the third ANC mayor in Joburg to die in a space of just ten months, something which raised concern.