He came in his defence when many turned against him after he was announced as the new mayor of Gauteng, and his sudden death has been a pain for Julius Malema. Malema has gone to social media to share the pain he is feeling following the sad passing of Johannesburg Mayor Jolidee Matongo.
Matongo, 46, died in the accident after attending a voter registration campaign earlier on Saturday. Matongo and Makhura spent the day in Soweto on a voter registration campaign, led by President Cyril Ramaphosa.
According to the ANC in Johannesburg, the pedestrian died on Sunday, increasing the death toll from Saturday night's crash to three.
Matongo and the driver of the bakkie his car collided with died on Saturday. According to the authorities, a pedestrian ran into the road. When Matongo's vehicle tried to avoid him, it collided with the bakkie.
Matongo was born of a Zimbabwean Father and a South African mother, he was born and raised here in South Africa. Many were however happy when he was elected the new Mayor of Johannesburg, his appointment followed the passing of former mayor, Geoff Makhubo, who died two months ago from the deadly coronavirus.
South Africans felt that it was wrong to appoint a foreign national to a post that should be given to a South African. Malema however did not approve of this, he spoke on behalf of Matongo and made it known that Matongo was South African.
Meanwhile there have been unconfirmed reports that Matongo may have been killed for his position, seeing that local government elections were coming up. Reports suggest that there could be an ANC official who is eyeing the mayoral position and the only way to get it, they will have to "excuse" Matongo. The party has however dismissed these reports as baseless and nonsensical. They have ruled Matongo's death as an honest accident and nothing more.
Matongo's funeral will be on Sunday.
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