Cape Times

Officials pay tribute to late Johannesbu­rg mayor, Jolidee Matongo


THE City of Joburg has paid tribute to deceased Joburg mayor Jolidee Matongo with a wreath-laying ceremony at the site of the accident which claimed his life.

Matongo was killed on Saturday night in an accident in Lenasia.

He had just completed a campaign visit to Soweto where President Cyril Ramaphosa was on the campaign trail for the ANC.

The accident also claimed the lives of two people, a pedestrian who remains unidentifi­ed and a Mr S Singh, who was in the other vehicle and died in hospital.

On Wednesday morning, Matonga's family gathered at the scene of the accident.

The street still contained markings of the accident, and oil stains and chipped car parts were scattered on the ground.

A cross was placed next to the road. The Johannesbu­rg Metro Police (JMPD) choir sang songs while a brass band marched in Matonga's honour.

Among those who laid wreaths were Matonga's widow, speaker of the Joburg council Nonceba Molwele, chief whip of council Solomon Mogase, acting city manager Floyd Brink and acting chief of the JMPD Angie Mokasi.

Molwele said she was in shock following Matonga's death.

She said she was at the accident scene on Saturday and “it was still unbelievab­le"”

“We no longer have a mayor, a dynamic young man like Jolidee ...”

Matongo's civic funeral will take place tomorrow, Molwele said.

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