[IN PICTURES] E-SA honours the life of the late Executive Mayor Jolidee Matongo

Readers, this post is very hard for us to write. And perhaps you’ll think we are overreacting for being verbose over a political figure. But if you’ll indulge us, we’d like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family of the late Executive Mayor Jolidee Matongo (46) of Johannesburg – who passed away on Saturday evening, just five weeks after he was appointed as mayor,

Our earliest memory of Mayor Matongo dates so many years back that we honestly can’t remember what year it was. What we do remember though, is a fun, bubbly, humble and a people’s person who served his country with integrity.

As we remember Mayor Matongo, we decided to look back at a very rare video of him strutting his stuff on the dance floor. As usual our Mayor was making it a fun event with his moves. You could tell how free and happy was.

 

“Shock and sadness.” That is how the ANC described the death of Johannesburg mayor Jolidee Matongo.

“Comrade Jolidee Matongo’s passing is a great loss to the movement and society at large. We are forever grateful for his selfless contribution to the freedom of the people of South Africa and the enhancement of service delivery within the City of Johannesburg,” said ANC Joburg regional secretary Dada Morero in a statement.

“To this end, the ANC conveys its heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, the City of Johannesburg
and the entire liberation movement. We wish them strength and fortitude during this difficult time.”

With funeral arrangements for Matongo now finalized, the ANC in the Joburg region has planned several events for this week.

It announced on Monday that various memorial services have been planned.

“There will also be memorial services for all the zones of ANC in the region, and also the Methodist church. We also have MVO people who will also have their own memorial service,” the party’s Sasabona Manganye explained.

The ANC’s main memorial services will be held on Wednesday at Uncle Toms Hall in Soweto with mourners allowed to view it online due to COVID19 protocols.

People on Twitter also paid tribute to Matongo, including celebrities and prominent members of the ANC.