The memorial service of the late City of Johannesburg Mayor Jolidee Matongo will be held on Tuesday afternoon from 5-7pm at the Dube Methodist Church in Soweto.
Matongo was killed in a car crash while on his way home from an African National Congress voter registration drive in Soweto on Saturday evening.
Two other people died in the incident which reportedly took place after a bakkie that was trying to avoid a pedestrian crashed into Matongo’s car on the Golden Highway.
Matongo was elected unopposed as the Executive Mayor of Johannesburg on August 10, this year, following the passing of his predecessor, Geoff Makhubo, a month earlier.
Prior to that, he served as a Member of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Finance in the city. Before his appointment as MMC for Finance, he previously served as Chief of Staff in Gauteng’s Department of Economic Development and worked as Deputy Director of Youth Development in Johannesburg.
Joburg Mayor Jolidee Matongo dies after the ANC election programme in Soweto:
‘Matongo was a committed and selfless activist’
Gauteng Premier David Makhura described Matongo as a committed and selfless activist who dedicated his time to the overall improvement of the quality of life of the people of Gauteng.
Makhura says the passing of Matongo has left him shocked and shattered.
“I send my heartfelt condolences to Mrs Matongo and children, his extended family, friends and comrades,” says Makhura.
President Ramaphosa saddened by Mayor Jolidee Matongo’s death
President Cyril Ramaphosa says he is deeply saddened by the tragic death of Matongo.
In a statement, the President says, “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. 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.”