The DA has confirmed the passing away of Modimolle-Mookgophong Mayor Marlene van Staden. Van Staden died on Thursday at the age if 42 after a long battle with illness.

Marlene has also been described as a trailblazing politician and pioneering public servant who overcame tremendous obstacles in the Modimolle-Mookgophong municipality to bring better government to all who live there.

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She rose to prominence in 2021 when a R1 coin toss led to her re-election as the Mayor. Councilors in the municipality had also failed in three previous attempts to elect a mayor at the time. The ANC has 14 seats in the council, and opposition political parties, including the DA, also have a combined 14 seats.

She is also known for being instrumental in forging relationships with civil society organisations to better capacitate and improve governance.

“As a person, Marlene was infectiously buoyant and optimistic, with a can-do attitude and admirable lust for life. There was no task that she did not undertake with immense passion and a sense of genuine and heartfelt goodwill,” the DA said in a statement.

Modimolle-Mookgophong Mayor Marlene van Staden has died
Marlene van Staden


“Her friends, family, and colleagues will remember her as a true go-getter and an individual who could light up a room even in the darkest of times”

She is survived by her husband and two young sons. “Our deepest sympathies go out to her family and friends during this very difficult time.

“Marlene also touched the lives of many and will live on as a true example of a dedicated public servant. A loving wife and mother, and a true friend. She will be sorely, sorely missed.”

May her Soul Rest in Peace.