- South Africans from all walks of life have reacted to the news of the passing of Joburg Executive Mayor Geoff Makhubo
- Makhubo died from Covid-19-related complications on Friday after being admitted to hospital last week
- Herman Mashaba, the former Executive Mayor, was among a number of those who expressed their condolences on the politician's passing
In a statement earlier this month, Joburg City's spokesperson Mlimandlela Ndamase said Makhubo had been hospitalised for Covid-19 complications. The mayor had been given a positive diagnosis in late June.
Makhubo’s office said the 53-year-old had gone into self-quarantine as part of the recovery process before being admitted to hospital last week, as he continued his battle.
Former Joburg Executive Mayor Herman Mashaba was among a number of South Africans who reacted with shock at the news of Makhubo's passing.
"Shocked to hear of the passing of Johannesburg Mayor, Geoff Makhubo. In these difficult times, we are reminded of how fragile life can be.
"Our shared humanity will always come before our politics. My thoughts and prayers go to his family, friends, and colleagues in the ANC," wrote Mashaba on Twitter.
South Africans react on social media to news of the passing of Makhubo
With the recent increase in the number of positive coronavirus cases in Gauteng and South Africa, ordinary citizens and politicians alike have taken to social media to share their tributes on the passing of Makhubo.
Briefly News takes a look at some of the messages below.
"We may have not agreed with Cde Geoff Makhubo on many things, but death be not proud! Condolences to his family and friends."
"We texted on 21-26 June talking about how we had tested positive for Covid-19.I said I'd pray for him as I was also in isolation. On 4 July I texted again and he didn't answer. Now he is silent. RIP JHB Mayor Geoff Makhubo."
"The Mayor of Africa’s richest city Johannesburg has died from Covid-19 ... This is another reminder that Covid-19 is here and killing! Zimbabwe and South Africa are now in the top 5 of new Covid-19 cases in Africa!"
"A grim, costly and sad reminder that we are still in the eye of the Covid-19 storm and no one is spared. May his soul and the souls of all we have lost to Covid rest in peace. May their families find peace in this very difficult time."
"Rest in peace Geoff Makhubo. Rest in peace fellow Bhakaniya. Condolences to the family and colleagues."
Johannesburg mayor loses life to Covid-19 related complications
Makhubo was rushed to hospital on 3 July with Covid-19 complications, according to reports. He reportedly tested positive for the virus at the end of June.
Makhubo was elected as the mayor of Johannesburg in December 2019.
Previously, Briefly News reported that Ndamase on Saturday, last week, said Makhubo would be staying in hospital until the medical team monitoring him was satisfied with his recovery.
While in self-isolation, Makhubo vowed to continue monitoring and providing guidance on work that was being carried out with regard to the spread of Covid-19 in Johannesburg.
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Source: Briefly News