Matongo still had a lot to offer Johannesburg residents

Gauteng’s Prime Minister was speaking at the funeral of the late Johannesburg Mayor Jolidee Matongo on Friday.

The new mayor of Joburg, Jolidlee Matongo. Photo: @ CityofJoburgZA / Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG – Gauteng Prime Minister David Makhura paid tribute to Jolidee Matongo, saying he made a difference in the city of Johannesburg even though he was mayor only for a very short time.

Makhura was speaking at Matongo’s funeral in Finetown on Friday.

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Matongo was killed in a car crash last week on the Golden Highway after a day on the ANC’s election campaign in Soweto.

He had only been mayor of Johannesburg for just over a month when he died.

However, Makhura said that by then he was able to tell the difference.

“Mayor Matongo’s life has enriched many of us. His life was short but very memorable.

Makhura said Matongo still has a lot to offer Johannesburg and the country.

Matongo’s death comes at a difficult time for the ANC as the country prepares for local elections and it is not yet clear who will be the party’s next mayoral candidate for Johannesburg’s key metro.

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