Tebogo Msimanga |
President Cyril Ramaphosa is deeply saddened by the tragic death of City of Johannesburg Executive Mayor Jolidee Matongo. Mayor Matongo (46) passed away in a car accident on Saturday, 18 September 2021.
The incident occurred after Matongo had participated in a local government voter registration drive in Soweto, alongside the President.
Mayor Matongo was elected unopposed to this position on 10 August 2021, following the passing of his predecessor, Geoff Makhubo, a month earlier.
President Ramaphosa said It is hard to comprehend this tragedy, given the vitality and passion with which Mayor Matongo interacted with him and residents of Soweto so shortly before his death.
“Nothing could prepare any of us for this sudden loss, which has deprived our nation’s economic centre of its second Executive Mayor in two months. Mayor Matongo has been taken from us at a time when he was totally immersed in improving conditions and creating opportunities for all the people of Johannesburg and stakeholders in the metropolitan economy.”
President Ramaphosa sent his condolences to Mayor Matongo’s family, friends, colleagues, comrades, and the residents of the City of Johannesburg.