Former Mayor Murunwa Makwarela has diedMurunwa Makwarela-Image Source@Zoomsouthafrica

Dr Murunwa Makwarela, the former mayor of Tshwane who served briefly in 2023, has died after a brief illness. He was 52 years old. The specific illness that led to his death has not been disclosed despite news of his death being officialised.

Adel Dube, the spokesperson for the Makwarela family, informed TimesLIVE that Makwarela had been unwell and was admitted to the hospital early on Tuesday morning before passing away.

Condolences from Tshwane Council Speaker

Mncedi Ndzwanana, the Tshwane Council Speaker, expressed condolences, describing Makwarela’s passing as a loss for the community. He extended sympathies to the family, acknowledging that Makwarela’s life was a divine blessing.

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Murunwa Makwarela
Murunwa Makwarela has died-Image Source@zoomsouthafrica

Makwarela’s Last Words

Dr Makwarela, also a church leader at the Righteousness of God Ministries in Pretoria, shared a poignant message on social media before his demise. In his final post, he reflected on the transient nature of earthly life and the eternal significance of heavenly purpose.

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Legal Battles

Prior to his death, Makwarela faced legal challenges, notably appearing in the Pretoria Commercial Crime Court regarding fraud charges related to his insolvency status. Despite his efforts to dismiss the case, he was unsuccessful.

Makwarela’s tenure as mayor was marked by controversy, as it was revealed that he had been declared insolvent in 2016, rendering him ineligible for public office. He attempted to refute these claims with a falsified rehabilitation certificate, which was debunked by the court.

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