Johannesburg mayor killed in car crash
Published: 11:06 AM, 20 September 2021
South Africa's Johannesburg mayor Jolidee Matongo was killed in a car crash aged 46. He only became mayor on August 10 following the death of his predecessor from Covid complications.
Matongo had been campaigning with South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa before the accident.
Local media reported that his vehicle collided with a van while trying to avoid a pedestrian who had run on to the road. The pedestrian and the other vehicle's driver also died, while Matongo's two bodyguards are being treated in hospital for their injuries.
Local media report he was the son of a Zimbabwean migrant, and had been a political activist in South Africa since the age of 13, campaigning against apartheid - a legalised system of racism that was in place at the time.
He was a member of the governing African National Congress (ANC) and was expected to be at the forefront of the party's campaign to win Johannesburg - South Africa's commercial capital - in local government elections due on 1 November.