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In memoriam

This week, South Africans mourned the loss of five high-profile figures. 

Johannesburg mayor Geoff Makhubo, who succumbed to Covid-19 on 9 July, was laid to rest on Wednesday. Makhubo, who became mayor in December 2019, was described as an “exemplary leader”. Health and Social Development MMC Eunice Mgcina has been appointed as acting mayor. 

Dr Ben Ngubane, the former premier of KwaZulu-Natal, lost his life to Covid-19 at the age of 79. He served on Eskom’s board for three years and was also the chairperson of the SABC and Land Bank boards. 

We also pay tribute to Lesego Semenya, an award-winning chef and TV personality, who also died of Covid-19 related complications. LesDaChef, as he was known, will be remembered for his warm and inspiring personality. 

Skeem Saam actress Nokuzola Mlengana passed away at the age of 58. She was best known for her role as “Sis Ouma” on the popular television show. The cause of her death has not been disclosed. 

And this morning it was announced that award-winning musician and songwriter Tshepo Tshola had died, also because of Covid-19 complications. Known as “The Village Pope”, he will be remembered for songs like “Ho lokile” and “Akubutle”. 

May they rest in peace. 

This article appeared as part of The Wrap, 15 July 2021. Sign up to receive our weekly updates.