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Memorial service for Ngwathe municipal councillor

───   ZENANDE MPAME 06:00 Thu, 13 Jun 2024

Memorial service for Ngwathe municipal councillor | News Article
Memorial service for Ngwathe Municipality councillor. Picture: Facebook/Ngwathe LM

“He was described as a man who was always helping others, and loved by all who crossed his path.”

A memorial service will be held for a Ngwathe councillor on Thursday (13/6) at the Lister Skosana Primary School in Tumahole after a short illness.

The funeral service will be held on Saturday in the same township. It is alleged that Cllr Modise Moroenyane (47) had flu-like symptoms, and was admitted to the Parys District Hospital two days before he passed.

Moroenyane was admitted on Monday (3/6) and passed away on Wednesday.

‘Cllr Modise Moroenyane was a man who loved helping others’

“During an urgent special council meeting held on Monday (10/6), the untimely passing of Cllr Moroenyane was noted as he was a ward councillor in one of the wards in Tumahole,” said Ngwathe spokesperson Steve Nale.

“A moment of silence was observed and different political parties represented in Ngwathe council were given a moment for messages of condolences.”

“Cllr Moroenyane became a councillor three years ago (during the 2021 municipal elections) and he was a man who loved helping others,” said Nale.

Moroenyane was in the council for three years. Picture: Facebook/NgwatheLM

Moroenyane stayed in Mbeki Section, Tumahole, all his life and had his own business, Modise Explor & Multipurpose, before becoming a municipal councillor.

Moroenyane’s brother, Tommy confirmed that his brother died in hospital on Wednesday (5/6) after he was admitted. “He will be remembered in loving memory by his wife, Disebo, his two sons and a daughter, his parents Daniel and Mokile, and his brother and sister.”

Parys Gazette reported there will now have to be a municipal byelection for Ward 7. Acting Municipal Manager Dr F.P. Mathamaha confirmed the municipality is in the process of declaring a vacancy. Thereafter, the IEC will decide when a by-election will be held to replace Moroenyane.

‘The IEC will decide when a by-election will be held’

In the 2021 municipal elections, Moroenyane received almost 57% of the votes in Ward 7, easily beating the DA into second position with 18%, while the EFF came third with 13%. All other parties received only negligible support.

The ANC has 18 seats in the 37-member Parys based-council, followed by the DA’s seven, EFF’s five, and three FF Plus councillors. The Ngwathe Residents Association has one PR member.

OFM News/Zenande Mpame

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