South Africa’s Johannesburg mayor killed in road crash
Published: 12:26 PM, 19 September 2021 Updated: 01:58 PM, 19 September 2021
South Africa’s Johannesburg mayor Jolidee Matongo was killed in a car accident when he was returning from a campaign with South Africa’s president on Saturday night; Photo: Collected
South Africa’s Johannesburg mayor Jolidee Matongo, 46, was killed in a car accident when he was returning from a campaign with South Africa’s president on Saturday night.
According to AFP, Jolidee Matongo, elected mayor a month ago, was returning from a voter registration drive in Soweto township ahead of local elections when the accident took place.
“It is hard to comprehend this tragedy, given the vitality and passion with which Mayor Matongo interacted with me and residents of Soweto so shortly before his death,” South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa said in a tweet.
“Nothing could prepare any of us for this sudden loss, which has deprived our nation’s economic center of its second Executive Mayor in two months.”
Jolidee Matongo's predecessor, Geoff Makhubo, died from Covid-19 complications in July, and Matongo was elected on August 10.
Gauteng province premier David Makhura, who was also at the Soweto voter registration drive, said the news had left him “shocked and shattered”. “(Matongo) executed his duties with a cool and calm demeanor and remained committed to selflessly serving the citizens of Johannesburg,” he added.
Born in Soweto, Jolidee Matongo became a member of the ANC Youth League after taking up student politics at the age of 13, according to the City of Johannesburg’s website. His office said more details on the accident would be released “in due time”. – AFP