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JHB Mayor Phalatse fears to die too? Here is what she said at the memorial service of Mpho Moerane

Despite the deaths of her three predecessors, Mpho Phalatse, mayor of the city of Johannesburg, says she's been warned that she will be the next to die. While attending her predecessor Mpho Moeran's memorial service on Wednesday, Phalatse stated there were fears that she might be the next mayor to die if statistics were anything to go by.Joburg mayor Mpho Phalatse and council speaker Vasco Da Gama during a visit to the home of former mayor Mpho Moerane to pass their condolences to the family. Moerane succumbed to his wounds on Wednesday after being involved in a car accident last week.

Mourners gasped when she said she had no intention of dying early. Two of the city's mayors died in car accidents in the space of a year. Jolidee Matongo, Geoff Makhubo's successor, was killed in a car accident in September of last year after suffering difficulties from Covid-19. This week marks the first anniversary of the death of Moerane, who served as mayor from October to November.See the source image

Phalatse added that the deaths of the mayors were frightening, and that individuals who know statistics would predict that she would be the next to die. "I would like to encourage everyone that I will not die early," she stated. Phalatse expressed her faith in God's protection, saying she had complete confidence in Him. She claimed that she had been "forcefully" cautioned not to entertain such thoughts.See the source image

It was "unusual," according to Gauteng Premier David Makhura, for the ANC to lose three of its mayors in a span of ten months. Many in the ANC in both the city and the province are concerned about who will be the next target of these fears. When it comes to electing party leaders in the Johannesburg region, the ANC is gearing up for its next elective conference next weekend. If the ANC regains control of the metropolitan municipality from the DA-led coalition, one of the newly elected regional chairpersons will be elected mayor, as tradition prescribes.

Moerane was believed to be a candidate for the conference's chairperson role. As a result, his team will have to select a new candidate to serve as chairman going forward.

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'I will not die prematurely' — Joburg mayor Phalatse on fears she may be next (sowetanlive.co.za)

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