Joburg Mayor Dies In Fatal Car Accident

The newly elected Mayor of Johannesburg, Jolidee Matongo has passed away following a fatal car crash. Matongo held his position as mayor for under a month before passing on. 

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The fatal car accident that took Matongo's life happened on Saturday evening while he was coming from a voter registration event in Soweto, where he was campaigning for the African National Congress (ANC). 

The incident occurred after Matongo and President Ramaphosa participated in a local government voter registration drive in Soweto. According to Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) spokesperson ,Wayne Minnaar, the mayor and a pedestrian were killed while three others sustained injuries.

Matongo was elected unopposed to his mayoral position on 10 August 2021, after the passing of his predecessor, Geoff Makhubo, a month earlier due to Covid-19.

Prior to his tenor as mayor, Matongo served as the City of Johannesburg's finance MMC and was also a long-serving member of the ANC and the party's spokesperson in the Johannesburg region.

President Cyril Ramaphosa tweeted on Sunday and said he was deeply saddened by the tragic passing of Johannesburg Mayor Jolidee Matongo.

Late Joburg Mayor's Spokesperson, Mlimandlela Ndamase described him as a man of action who preferred a hands-on approach when it came to service delivery.  

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