The passing away of Johannesburg mayor Jolidee Matongo has brought heaviness and sorrow to many people. Matongo who was elected and sworn in as mayor just last month, died on Saturday evening from a car accident following a campaign trail for the African National Congress' local government elections. The elections will be on the 04th of November, 2021.
One person who has made his feelings known on the passing of Matongo is the chairperson of Orlando Pirates, Irvin Khoza. Khoza has spoken out about how he and the mayor were working together in the last couple of weeks.
"Five weeks ago, I met the mayor together with Mr Ruby Mathang from the City of Johannesburg to discuss the vaccination of the people of Johannesburg against Covid-19.
Our meeting, scheduled for one hour, took a whopping three hours. One thing did stand out as we discussed the many challenges the city faced. At every turn, the Mayor’s take was reasoned from a point of view of the city’s citizens. He acknowledged and supported the role that the different stakeholders need to play in making the City of Johannesburg whole. He talked about message fatigue that he believed the citizens of South Africa now have because of conspiracy theories," he said.
"Fare thee well my friend. Johannesburg will not be the same without your passionate support. It will miss your singing, your presence, your care. You were right when you said, “The majority do not seek excesses, they seek services and hope for their families, especially their children”. You didn’t need formal reports to know what was happening on the ground. You were there with the people. Fare thee well Buccaneer. You left us beautiful memories that we would cherish for the rest of our lives," he added.
Matongo is expected to be laid to rest tomorrow in Johannesburg.
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