Sophie Masite (1958) was born in Soweto, Johannesburg. She was the first women to be mayor of Soweto. She was part of the 1976 generation of activists as a member of the Soweto Student Representative Council she played a leading role in the organisation of the protests against the apartheid state during the Soweto uprising.
Masite was a leader in many mass democratic organisations, including the Detainees' Parents' support Committee, an affiliate of the UDM. she also led the Jabavu Branch of the ANC between 1990 and 1994.
Masite became the first black female mayor in South Africa when she was appointed to the greater Johannesburg's Southern Council in 1995. the council concisted of the CBD and its southern suburbs of Soweto, Orange Farm, Lenasia and Ennerdale.