President Cyril Ramaphosa says he is deeply saddened by the tragic death of City of Johannesburg Executive Mayor Jolidee Matongo.
Matongo, aged 46, passed away in a motor vehicle accident on Saturday.
The incident happened after Matongo participated in a local government voter registration drive in Soweto, alongside President Ramaphosa.
Ramaphosa has offered his condolences to Mayor Matongo’s family, friends, colleagues and comrades, and the residents of the City of Johannesburg.
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.”
In the video below, SABC Senior politics reporter Samkele Maseko gives an update from the accident scene:
‘Matongo was a committed and selfless activist’
Gauteng Premier David Makhura has 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.
Social media react to Matongo’s passing
Social media users have taken to Twitter to also express their shock over news of Matongo’s passing.
In tweet, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader, Julius Malema has also send his heartfelt condolences to Matongo.
I love you my brother, please greet our friend Castro More. pic.twitter.com/45wHJPvQRQ
— Julius Sello Malema (@Julius_S_Malema) September 18, 2021
Mayor Matongo’s passing has left me shocked and shattered. I send my heartfelt condolences to Mrs Matongo and children, his extended family, friends and comrades. pic.twitter.com/NKEcmpnfmb
— David Makhura (@David_Makhura) September 18, 2021
— #djsbu (@djsbu) September 18, 2021
— Zama Mvulane ™️ (@_ZamaMvulane) September 18, 2021
Very humble and committed #MCSA Member #JolideeMatongo
Church Sundays was always on his busy schedule a former @WesleyGuildSA Chairperson and committed Wesley Guild Veteran member pic.twitter.com/RBx4JABmwi
— Ayanda Dlamini (@Ayanda6Dlamini) September 18, 2021