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OBITUARY | Mpho Moerane: a ‘Dark City’ native who became a ...

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OBITUARY | Mpho Moerane: a ‘Dark City’ native who became a torchbearer

From his early days in Alexandra, this entrepreneurial diplomat was never one to sit back about community matters

Chris Barron

Mpho Moerane, who died at 52 after a car accident two weeks ago, was a freedom fighter, peace negotiator, entrepreneur and somewhat reluctant mayor of Johannesburg after the deaths of his two predecessors.

Mayor Geoff Makhubo died from Covid-19-related complications in July 2021 and was replaced as mayor by Moerane’s close friend Jolidee Matongo in August 2021, who was killed in a car accident in September.

A tearful Moerane replaced him in October but was ousted a month later when a DA-controlled coalition took Johannesburg from the ANC...

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