Rest in power, Jolidee Matongo

The City of Joburg has seen its second mayor in a few months pass on! Jolidee Matongo died in a car crash on Saturday, just a few months into the job. His predecessor Geoff Makhubo died from Covid-19 in July. 

Matongo was one of the first ANC mayoral candidates to go through a proper interview process and he was an inspiring choice, with even the DA singing his praises. His father was from Zimbabwe, which led to some disgusting xenophobic comments around his appointment, but he was always a child of South Africa. He will be laid to rest on Friday. 🙏🏽

Local government elections are just weeks away, so the pressure is on for the ANC to find a strong candidate – especially with former Jhb mayor Herman Mashaba in the running on his own platform.

This article appeared as part of The Wrap, 23 September 2021. Sign up to receive our weekly updates.