Cape Town – Former Joburg Mayor Mpho Moerane has died.
His family confirmed the news on Wednesday.
Moerane had been in the Netcare Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg for a week after he was badly injured in a crash last Monday.
“The Moerane family is extremely saddened over the untimely passing of their son and father Mpho Moerane following his involvement in a car accident. Comrade Mpho was admitted at the intensive care unit section of this hospital where he received maximum expert medical treatment, support and care around the clock for injuries he sustained.
[ON AIR] Former Johannesburg Mayor #MphoMoerane‘s family announced that he has passed away this afternoon. The family is currently holding a media briefing for more details.
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“He sadly did not respond positively to the treatment and with heavy hearts and deep sorrow, we confirm that we lost our beloved Mpho this afternoon and his passing has deeply pained us. He was certified dead at 17:54,” family spokesperson Mike Maile said.
According to EWN, Moerane was travelling from Alexandra to his home in Mondeor, south of Joburg when the accident occurred.
Details surrounding the cause of the crash were still unclear, the report said.
A News24 report said that Moerane was elected mayor of Johannesburg in October last year, until the ANC lost its grip in the metro following the municipal elections.
He was elected following the deaths of two Johannesburg mayors, Jeff Makhubo and Jolidee Matongo, last year.
Moerane was due to compete for a position at the ANC regional conference that is expected to take place this week, the report said.