Geoff Makhubo, the Mayor of Johannesburg, South Africa, has died after contracting COVID-19.
Mlimandlela Ndamase, the spokesman of the city, said the Mayor had been hospitalised after testing positive for the infection in June.
Earlier this week, Ndamase disclosed that Makhubo would remain in hospital “until his medical team is satisfied with his recovery”.
A 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.
Makhubo was elected in December 2019.
Residents of Johannesburg were asked to keep Makhubo’s family in their prayers during these challenging times.
Mourners are also discouraged from gathering at Makhubo’s home.