The newly elected City of Johannesburg mayor, Jolidee Matongo, has died, an official in the municipality has confirmed.
Matongo died in a car accident on Saturday evening, hours after participating in an ANC electioneering programme with President Cyril Ramaphosa in Soweto.
He had been at the helm of the mayoral office for just over a month after being elected unopposed at a council meeting in August.
Two city officials confirmed the death of Matongo and the mayor’s political ally in Gauteng, Lebogang Maile, also confirmed the news through a tweet, saying: “I’m shattered.”
Matongo replaced Geoff Makhubo, who died suddenly from Covid-19 complications.
[JUST-IN] Newly elected @CityofJoburgZA Mayor @Jolidee_matongo is no more. Matongo was involved in a car accident after the ANC program in Soweto which was led by party President Cyril Ramaphosa. #sabcnews pic.twitter.com/X71rs1BNIu
— #TheLordOfTheMedia (@samkelemaseko) September 18, 2021
His mayoral candidacy provoked a heated contest between two factions in the ANC in the region.
Matongo and two other candidates became the first group to be interviewed by the ANC national top brass.
This happened under new rules that prospective metro mayors are interviewed by the ANC’s powerful top six, including Ramaphosa. – TimesLIVE