Mpho Moerane is Jozi’s 3rd Mayor In 2 Months

Johannesburg MMC for environment and infrastructure services Mpho Moerane has been elected the new mayor of the city – in a move that has raised eyebrows.

South Africa goes to the polls next month on 1 November to elect new local government officials – meaning that Moerane will only be mayor for 30 days if his African National Congress (ANC) fails to return a majority.

Moerane was elected unopposed on Friday to replace the late Jolidee Matongo who died in a car crash last month.

A month earlier, Matongo had replaced the late Johannesburg Mayor Geoff Makhubo, who succumbed to Covid-19.

The new mayor, Moerane, was one of the three nominees when Matongo was elected to the somewhat jinxed job.

Opposition parties warned the election of a new mayor was possibly an ANC ploy to access the city’s piggy bank to fund the elections.

However, Gauteng Premier David Makhura earlier said that a new mayor was urgently needed to attend to service delivery issues in the City of Johannesburg.