By Lehlohonolo Lehana.
The late City of Johannesburg mayor, Geoff Makhubo was laid to rest at the Westpark Cemetery on July 14.
Makhubo passed away on July 9, after he had been admitted to hospital for complications arising from Covid-19. Makhubo had served as the African Nation Congress’ treasurer and later as an MMC responsible for Finance in the City of Johannesburg. In December 2019 he was elected Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg.
ANC treasurer-general Paul Mashatile has paid tribute to late Johannesburg mayor Geoff Makhubo, describing him as a genuine friend, patriot and true comrade to the end.
Speaking at the funeral service for the mayor held in Soweto on Wednesday, Mashatile said the ANC had lost one of its finest leaders who was hard working and always dependable.
"He was there in the student struggle, he was there in the youth struggles [and] he rose through the ranks of our liberation movement up to a point where he led the ANC in Johannesburg. He placed a high premium on the unity of the ANC and the alliance," Mashatile said.
Mashatile said the ANC was deeply touched by the mayor’s sudden death, saying he was a "rare jewel" and had a "razor-sharp mind".
"We were shaken to the core, for he left us at a time when the people of South Africa and his movement, the ANC, were still expecting much of him. However, comrades, it is not our part to mourn.
He concluded, "To his friends, family and comrades, we are heartbroken by this monumental loss and departure of our leader, we have to mourn his untimely departure but we must celebrate his breathtaking life."
President Cyril Ramaphosa has described the passing of City of Johannesburg Executive Mayor Geoff Makhubo as a loss to the City of Johannesburg and the province at large.
During the funeral, his friend and colleague MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane said that he was a true servant of the people and those who were privileged to know him can attest to his commitment to improving the lives of others.
He became the Mayor of the country’s biggest metro in December 2019. He was also the chairperson of the ANC Johannesburg region.
Makhubo leaves behind his wife and two daughters.