“The city is poorer without him”: President Ramphosa mourns Mayor Jolidee Matongo

Ramaphosa joins South Africans in mourning mayor Matongo [Image: @cyrilramaphosa/Twitter]
South Africa—Jolidee Matongo was a South African politician who served as the mayor of Johannesburg from 10 August 2021 until his death on 18th September 2021.

Prior to his election as mayor, he served as a member of the mayoral committee for finance under his predecessor, Geoff Makhubo, who died from Covid-19 complications.

Different politicians in South Africa and Africa streamed in their condolences wishing Matongo’s family peace at the trying moment.

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday sang the praises of the late Johannesburg mayor Jolidee Matongo, saying he was an outstanding leader who abhorred corruption.

“It is a very sad moment for me to be here at the home of our departed mayor jolidee Matongo. I have just met his wife and his mother and one of his children.” He spoke.

“It is a really somber moment and a very sad one. He is a really outstanding leader at the local government,” said Ramaphosa.

He said he was impressed by Matongo during the interview process that saw him being chosen to replace former mayor Geoff Makhubo.

“We saw a great deal of vision and visionary leadership for the city and we knew that we placed the city in good hands under his leadership.

“The one other thing is that he was so well-loved, received and supported by the membership of the ANC and indeed many parties make up the metro council,” said Ramaphosa.

He said Matongo’s death was a direct blow after having worked with him during a campaign on voter registration weekend. Matongo died in a car accident shortly after the campaign with Ramaphosa.

“I had seen him in action. I had seen the way citizens of the city had received him even under difficult conditions,” said Ramaphosa.

He said the way Matongo dealt with the resident’s challenges made him confirm in his head that the party made the right choice by hiring him.

Ramaphosa added the party had been robbed by the death of Matongo, a man he said promised to turn the city around.

“He was a truly outstanding leader and I am saddened to have heard the news of a man like him dying so tragically in an accident,” Spoke Ramaphosa.

Stressing that ANC will continue the work Matongo had started.