The late City of Johannesburg Executive Mayor, Jolidee Matongo, will be laid to rest on Friday in Johannesburg. This was confirmed by ANC Greater Johannesburg regional spokesperson, Sasabona Manganye.
Matongo was killed in a car accident on Saturday night on his way to a funeral in KwaZulu-Natal. He had just finished campaigning for local government elections in Soweto.
Manganye said the ANC will hold a memorial service im Matongo's honour on Wednesday.
“The ANC will have its own memorial service on Wednesday. It will be a hybrid one. Some of the people will be attending the service at Uncle Tom and some will attend virtually wherever they they will be,” he said.
Matongo said Orlando Pirates Football Club and its Chairman Dr Irvin “Iron Duke” Khoza will visit the Matongo family on Tuesday evening.
“And also we will have Orlando Pirates coming with the Chairman to pay homage to comrade Jolidee. As you know he was a die-hard Orlando Pirates fan, he would even run away from our meetings just to watch soccer,” he said.
Matongo previously served as a Member of Mayoral Committee (MMC) of Finance in Johannesburg Metro.
His former colleague and MMC for Community Development, Margaret Arnolds, reflected on the moments she spent with him in Jabulani, Soweto, where they planted trees a day before his death.
“I’m very hurt. I’m trying to recover from the death of Geoff Makhubo and what hurts me even worse is that I had to plant trees on their last days. I planted a tree with Geoff Makhubo and a week later he got COVID-19. I planted the tree with this man [Jolidee] on Friday. He was not an emotional person, rather passionate,” she said.
The Matongo family spokesperson, Muzikayise Ndlovu, said the family was still shocked by his passing.