City of Johannesburg Executive Mayor, Jolidee Matongo, has died aged 46. Matongo died in a car crash on Saturday night.
City of Johannesburg said in a statement the accident took place in Lenasia when Matongo was returning from the local government election registration campaign led by Aftican National Congress president, Cyril Ramaphosa, in Soweto.
Ramaphosa said he was deeply saddened by Matongo's tragic death.
He expressed condolences to Mayor Matongo’s family, friends, colleagues and comrades, and residents of the City of Johannesburg.
Matongo was elected unopposed to this position on 10 August 2021, following the passing of his predecessor, Geoff Makhubo, from COVID-19 complications a month earlier.
Ramaphosa, in his capacity as state president, said nothing could have prepared anyone for this loss.
“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.
“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. Like all of us, he was looking forward to the forthcoming election, and we saw in person today [Saturday] that he had put his heart and soul into mobilising the people of the city to make their voices heard on 1 November."
The president continued: "The time we spent together has been rendered a priceless treasure given his untimely and traumatic passing. May his soul rest in peace.”
Matongo previously served as Member of the Mayoral Committee of Finance under Makhubo.