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Stellenbosch’s first black mayor dies

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The late Mbuyselo William Kalazana died of natural causes.
The late Mbuyselo William Kalazana died of natural causes.

An old ANC cadre and ex-Stellenbosch Mayor, Alderman Mbuyiselo William Kalazana died on Sunday 26 September at the age of 79.

According to the Kalazana family he died of natural causes.

Viewed as a stalwart of the struggle against apartheid, he served as councillor in the Stellenbosch Municipality from 1994 to 1998, before being appointed the first black Mayor in 1998-1999.

He was born in Queenstown on 25 August 1942, after which his parents moved to Kayamandi, Stellenbosch, where he was raised.

He worked for Gilbeys and later for Stellenbosch Old Mutual before he turned to politics.

After retirement Kalazana spent most of his time serving as a minister at his local Zion Christian church.

“We will miss his love and support, the way he expressed his love for us as his kids and his grandchildren,” his granddaughter Buhle said. “And spending time with him, most importantly the honesty he always shared with each and all of us. The narrator he always has been, when telling us stories and the wisdom he had. He pictured his life with words whenever he shared a memory you would live that moment with him.”

Kalazana leaves behind his wife and six children and 12 grandchildren

His funeral will take place on Saturday 9 October in Stellenbosch.

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