Gauteng MEC for Human Settlements, Urban Planning and CoGTA, Lebogang Maile has learnt with profound sadness about the untimely passing away of Sedibeng District Municipality Executive Mayor, Cllr. Busisiwe Modisakeng.
Cllr. Modisakeng sadly passed away just before the crack of dawn, Friday 08 January 2021, after a short illness, at the age of 60.
She assumed the position of Mayor after the watershed 2016 Local Government Elections.
“On behalf of the Gauteng provincial government led by Premier David Makhura, we extend our heartfelt condolences to the Modisakeng family; her colleagues in Exco and his organisation, the African National Congress”, said MEC Maile.
Modisakeng was amongst the longest serving public representatives in local government. She occupied various leadership positions, first as Mayor of Lesedi Local Municipality for three (3) successive terms; Speaker of Sedibeng District Municipality, and most recently, Mayor of Sedibeng District Municipality.
She cut her political teeth in the student movement, specifically in the Congress of South African Students (Cosas), during the height of apartheid, and grew within the ranks of the Mass Democratic Movement (MDM), occupying key positions of responsibility in progressive organisations: Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu); SA Communist Party (SACP) and civic bodies.
Modisakeng passes away at a time where the Gauteng government is working hard to strengthen co-operative governance in order to expedite service delivery in communities.
“Her sudden demise robs the people of Gauteng and Sedibeng in particular of a committed servant of the people, who did her utmost in pursuit of service delivery improvement,” continued Maile.
Maile is expected to visit the Modisakeng family to extend government’s condolences.