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Newly Elected Joburg Mayor Jolidee Matongo Dies In Car Crash

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Newly Elected Joburg Mayor Jolidee Matongo Dies In Car Crash

Newly Elected Joburg Mayor Jolidee Matongo Dies In Car Crash-iHarare
Jolidee Matongo (File Image)

 

Zimbabwean-linked Johannesburg Mayor, Jolidee Matongo, has died. He passed away this evening in a car crash accident.

The newly appointed mayor died hours after participating in an ANC electioneering programme with President Cyril Ramaphosa in Soweto.

Newly Elected Joburg Mayor Jolidee Matongo Dies In Car Crash-iHarare
Jolidee Matongo with President Cyril Ramaphosa (Photo Credit: Twitter)

 

Investigative journalist Hopewell Chin’ono confirmed the development on his official Twitter handle. He wrote;

 

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Matongo’s sudden death comes after he had been at the helm of the mayoral office for just over a month. He was elected unopposed as Joburg Mayor at a council meeting on August 10.

Mayor Matongo succeeded Mayor Geoff Makhubo who died in July from Covid-19 related complications.

His appointment as Joburg Mayor attracted massive criticism after he proudly announced his Zimbabwean roots during his acceptance speech.

“I Jolidee Matongo, the son of the late Zimbabwean immigrant Edmond Matongo, do hereby accept the nomination for the position of executive mayor of our city,” he said.

The hashtag #WeRejectMayorOfJHB went viral on Twitter after a faction from South Africa called for his removal from office on the notion that he was not South African.

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