The ANC says it is too soon to discuss a possible replacement for the late City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality Executive Mayor, Jolidee Matongo. He died in a car crash on Saturday night.
Addressing the media in Johannesburg, ANC Deputy Secretary General, Jessie Duarte, said the party would wait until after Matongo's burial.
“The Mayor of Joburg has not even been buried and therefore it would be insensitive to be embarking on a process to seek a possible replacement. Even culturally and in many other ways, it would not be right. I would not be comfortable to already be thinking of a replacement, so we want to wait a bit," said Duarte in response to a question from a journalist.
Matongo is expected to be laid to rest on Friday in Johannesburg. At the time of his death, he had been in the mayoral position for just over a month, having replaced the late Geoff Makhubo who succumbed to COVID-19.
The two had both served as mayoral committee members responsible for finance at different times.
Matongo had just wrapped up a campaign in Soweto alongside ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa and Gauteng Premier David Makhura when he was met by a car accident, apparently a few meters from his home.