President Cyril Ramaphosa Mourns The Death Of Joburg Mayor Jolidee Matongo
The President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa has paid tribute to the late mayor of Johannesburg, Jolidee Matongo who died on Saturday evening in a tragic car accident.
He was 46.
Before his passing, Mayor Matongo had earlier on Saturday accompanied President Ramaphosa to campaign for the ANC ahead of this year’s municipal elections in Soweto
In a threaded tweet, President Ramaphosa said he was deeply saddened by the death of Jolidee Matongo. He revealed that it was hard to comprehend his tragic passing, hours after they had been together mobilizing people in Soweto.
It is hard to comprehend this tragedy, given the vitality and passion with which Mayor Matongo interacted with me and residents of Soweto so shortly before his death. pic.twitter.com/zmzGVFfAdA
— Cyril Ramaphosa #RegisterToVoteANC (@CyrilRamaphosa) September 18, 2021
Ramaphosa said Matongo’s sudden death had robbed Joburg of its second mayor in just two months. He described the last moments he shared with the now-late mayor as a priceless treasure.
“Nothing could prepare any of us for this sudden loss, which has deprived our nation’s economic centre of its second Executive Mayor in two months.
Matongo has been taken from us at a time when he was totally immersed in improving conditions and creating opportunities for all the people of Johannesburg and stakeholders in the metropolitan economy.
Like all of us, he was looking forward to the forthcoming election, and we saw in person today that he had put his heart and soul into mobilizing the people of the city to make their voices heard on 1 November.
The time we spent together has been rendered a priceless treasure given his untimely and traumatic passing. May his soul rest in peace,” he wrote.
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