Joburg mayor Jolidee Matongo dies in car accident… The mayor was apparently on his way home after the day’s election campaigning, when he died in an accident.
Johannesburg mayor Jolidee Matongo has apparently died in a car crash, following his involvement in the ANC election activities in Soweto on Saturday afternoon.
Details are sparse, as Matongo’s spokesperson could not be reached for comment. The accident was, however, confirmed by a member of his inner circle, who said he was also still trying to get more information before commenting any further.
Matongo was accompanying President Cyril Ramaphosa on the ANC’s election trail on Saturday.
Voter Registration Weekend is fully underway.
— Jolidee Matongo (@matongo_jolidee) September 18, 2021
Matongo had only been serving as the City of Johannesburg’s mayor for a month, after replacing Geoff Makhubo, who passed away in July.
Matongo served as the MMC for Finance under Makhubo, after serving as the regional head of communications in the ANC for eight years. Matongo was also previously the the chief of staff for the offices of the Gauteng MEC for the sport and economic development and agriculture departments.
He also served on the Johannesburg ANC’s regional executive committee for 18 years.
I am shocked to hear of the sudden passing of Johannesburg Mayor, Jolidee Matongo.
My sincere condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues in the ANC.
Politics must always come last in these moments. He was taken far too soon.
— Herman Mashaba (@HermanMashaba) September 18, 2021
This is a developing story and will be updated with more information as it becomes available.