JUST IN | Joburg’s new mayor, Jolidee Matongo, dies in car crash

Jolidee Matongo

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Newly elected mayor of Johannesburg, Jolidee Matongo, has died in a car crash.

He had been appointed mayor on August 10 and had held that post for a little over a month.

A spokesperson confirmed to News24 that the mayor is dead. This was confirmed by two other sources in his office. A press release was to be released on Saturday evening.

Matongo earlier on Saturday accompanied President Cyril Ramaphosa to Soweto, to campaign for the ANC ahead of this year’s municipal elections.

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He had been elected without opposition to the mayor of Joburg, succeeding Geoff Makhubo, who died in July of complications from Covid-19.

Matongo served as MMC for finances under Makhubo.

He had worked his way up the ranks, serving as a member of the Soweto Students ‘Congress and the South African Students’ Congress before becoming the ANC’s regional communications chief for eight years.

He had also served as chief of staff responsible for the general management and operation of the Gauteng MEC offices for the sports and economic development and agriculture departments.

Matongo was born in Soweto.

At the age of 13, he started student politics in the historic township and became a member of the ANC Youth League. He was later elected regional president of the youth league, according to the City of Johannesburg website.

He was a member of the Johannesburg ANC Regional Executive Committee for 18 years.

He joined the public service over a decade ago.

The City of Joburg website said that Matongo is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public administration.

He held various qualifications, including a B-Tech diploma in public management, project management, quality assurance as well as public management and development.

He lived in Lenasia, south of Johannesburg.

This is a developing story. More breaking news to follow.

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