The City of Joburg’s mayor @Jolidee_matongo has passed away after being involved in a car accident. Matongo has only been in office just over a month after he replaced Geoff Makhubo who passed away from a covid related complications @CityofJoburgZA#RIPJolideeMatongo
Matongo began his student political career at the age of 13 and grew up in Dube, Soweto. He became a member of the Youth League of the African National Congress (ANC), where he was elected regional secretary and later regional president in the Greater Johannesburg region.
Matongo, 46, has a diploma in public administration, a B-Tech degree in public administration, and a postgraduate degree in administration. He is still studying a master’s degree in public administration.
“I, Joridi Matongo, son of the late Zimbabwean immigrant Edmund Matongo, hereby accept the nomination for the position of executive mayor of our city,” Matongo said.
After accepting the post and claiming that his father was a Zimbabwean immigrant, xenophobic comments began to appear on social media. The #WeRejectMayorOfJHB hashtag has been popular all day. The African National Congress issued a statement saying it was aware of the “malicious African campaign of fear against Matongo.” The ANC stated that it is run by anonymous people and does not represent the people of Johannesburg.
Economic Freedom Fighter (EFF) leader Julius Malema tweeted about Madongo’s appointment, defending him against xenophobia. Matongo’s father is from Zimbabwe and his mother was born in South Africa.
Before his appointment as mayor, Matongo was a member of the finance committee of the city mayor’s committee. As a member of the Johannesburg ANC Regional Executive Committee for 18 years, Matongo served as head of media and communications and regional spokesperson. His first public service position was the housing operations manager. After that, he served as deputy director of the Department of Youth Development. Matongo is also a strategic advisor and advisor to the Johannesburg Council.
Madongo mentioned in his acceptance speech as executive mayor that he hopes the city will restore a desk to serve foreigners.
“The African National Congress is aware of his political position. If these people are from other countries, they will be registered. If they have documents, we won’t have a problem. The place where we will find problems is that they are from Johannesburg, but they are illegal and undocumented, said Matongo, so you have to help those people.
Matongo also stated that plans for the rest of the year will include the financial sustainability of the city. This is to ensure that the City of Johannesburg can meet its obligations. Matongo added that in the last fiscal year, officials did not fully spend the city’s R73 billion budget and will face dire consequences.