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2 Jews Elected Mayors in South Africa

Two leading Jewish political figures have been elected mayors of Johannesburg and Sandton.

Prof. Harold Rudolph, 38, served for 14 years on the Johannesburg City Council before being inducted as the city’s mayor earlier this month. Rudolph, who is associate professor at the Wits University School of Law, is an active Rotarian, past chairperson of the Emmarentia Hebrew Congregation, and vice chairperson of the Transvaal Council of the Jewish Board of Deputies.

Hazel Egdes-Shochet, 52, has been a Sandton town councilor for almost nine years before taking on the duties of mayor this month. She was the town’s Mayoress as the wife of the late Morris Egdes, Sandton’s mayor in 1973. She was also the first woman to be elected to the town’s management committee.

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