President Cyril Ramaphosa paid tribute to the newly-elected Jolidee Major of Johannesburg Matongo who died in a car crash earlier on Saturday, hours after participating in the ANC’s campaign trail in Soweto.
“The time we spent together has been rendered a priceless treasure given his untimely and traumatic passing. May his soul rest in peace,” said Ramaphosa.
“Mayor 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 mobilising 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 added.
Matongo was the third mayor in the City of Johannesburg since the local government elections in 2016, with the City first being led by former DA member Herman Mashaba, followed by Geoff Makhubo, who died in July from Covid-19-related complications.
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