Former mayor laid to rest

Posted: 30/12/2013 in Politics
FALLEN COMPATRIOT: Johnny Thabane.

FALLEN COMPATRIOT: Johnny Thabane.

Emfuleni Local Municipality bade farewell to one of its selfless leader over the weekend. Johnny Tlhahasane Shadrack Thabane, the former Executive Mayor of Emfuleni Local Municipality passed away on Tuesday the 5th November in Sharpeville. He succumbed to death after a short illness.

In a statement issued by the municipality, Executive Mayor Greta Hlongwane said, “Ntate Thabane devoted his working life to the service of the people of Emfuleni Local Municipality.”

In 2001 he had been appointed the Executive Mayor of Emfuleni. In that capacity he oversaw the exceptionally challenging project of transforming Emfuleni and changing its financial position, the task he performed with exciting skills.

Before his appointment as the executive mayor, he was appointed the Chairperson of the Organising Task Team of the ANC in Sedibeng after the disbandment of the regional leadership. He was the member of the Gauteng Interim Leadership Core(GILC) under leadership of Cde David Makhura. Ntate Thabane served as the Executive Committtee of the Eastern Vaal Metropolitan Sub-structure and Vereeniging Kopanong Metropolitan Council before the amalgamation into Emfuleni Local Municipality. He was later deployed as the Member of the Mayoral Committee responsible for Housing in Emfuleni Local Municipality after his term as the executive mayor.

In his Executive Mayor’s roles, Ntate Thabane made a significant contribution in stabilising the finances of the municipality, initiated the Vaal River Project and the promotion of women and rural communities.

“On behalf of the Emfuleni Local Municipality and people of this region, I express our collective sense of loss at the passing of this fine son of Emfuleni, and Sharpeville in particular. Our sincere condolences are offered to the family and friends, and we thank them for the privilege of sharing in the illustrious life of this teacher, politician and selfless community worker,” Hlongwane concluded.

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