The passing away of former Johannesburg Mayor Isaac Mogase has left the city reeling. It’s understood Mogase passed away on Wednesday morning. He held the position of first post-apartheid era mayor of the greater Johannesburg between 1995 and 2000.
Mogase served as an activist before becoming a councilor and was part of the leadership of the Soweto crisis committee. The deceased wore the Mayoral Chains between 1995 and 2000 when he handed them over to Cllr Amos Masondo. Joburg Mayor Geoff Makhubo said Mogase played a pivotal role in laying the groundwork for local governance.
“We are saddened as the City of Johannesburg on the passing of the first post-apartheid mayor of the greater Johannesburg metropolitan council, a struggle veteran who joined the African National Congress in Alexandra in the ’50s. He was very active in the National Congress Youth League,”
He was a trailblazer and was one of the first leadership of the non-racial municipalities in South Africa after the fall of apartheid.
“We stand in the shoulders of giants like Ntate Mogase. It is because of their hard work and dedication to the people and the development of this great city. Ntate Mogase was pivotal in laying the groundwork for the work we have done of stitching the city together and creating a one-city-one-tax base for a united city.
“Perhaps it is befitting that in keeping with his commitment as a life-long activist for freedom, Cllr Mogase chose to depart on the 27th anniversary of the freedom he had actively participated in and sacrificed his life to attain. We send our most sincere condolences to his family, his community and the African National Congress on the loss of this stalwart.”