Brian Sokutu
Senior Print Journalist
3 minute read
19 Sep 2021
6:48 pm

‘Jolly good’ Matongo’s death a major setback for ANC in Joburg

Brian Sokutu

The ANC's own new criteria, along with the fact that Matongo was well-respected among even the opposition, makes the blow of his death so much worse.

Johannesburg mayor Jolidee Matongo died in a car accident on Saturday night. Photo: Gallo Images/Sharon Seretlo

As tributes continue to pour in for City of Joburg mayor Jolidee Matongo, who died in a car accident on Saturday night, the ANC is faced with the conundrum of finding a suitable replacement – while in the middle of campaigning towards the local government polls. Matongo, 46, died after being involved in a car accident in Lenasia, south of Johannesburg, while returning from a voter registration drive in Soweto – alongside President Cyril Ramaphosa and Gauteng premier David Makhura. Matongo was elected unopposed last month, following the death of his predecessor, Geoff Makhubo. The extended ANC national executive committee...