The funeral of the late Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg, Cllr Jolidee Matongo, takes place at Finetown Hall, Johannesburg.
The service began at his home from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Family and religious leaders then proceed to Finetown Hall for the funeral which will begin after 9 a.m.
Matongo died last weekend from a car accident. Before his death, he had spent an entire day in Soweto with President Cyril Ramaphosa on an election campaign.
Matongo was elected unopposed last month, following the death of his predecessor, Geoff Makhubo.
Ramaphosa visited Matongo’s family on Thursday to pay his last respects.
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He said: “I have just arrived from KwaZulu-Natal. Thought I should come here to send my condolences before going to Limpopo. What happened to us is very painful because I was with him all day on Saturday so it is painful for me because we worked together side by side all day and later when they called me , my heart broke.
“I’m sure the pain is worse for you who went to church with him. Be comforted. I was with his mother, his wife and his child, it is very difficult. I also told them to be comforted. What happened is a bad thing, but it is the will of God. That’s the way God works, we don’t know His program. Let us welcome all that God does because he is the one who knows.
Ramaphosa added that the ANC and its members should remain committed to the path Matongo is leading the party to.
“He’s been a great mayor of Johannesburg, even for a short time… we’re going to follow in his footsteps, move forward and do exactly what he planned to do with our city. [Johanneburg]. “
The president said the late mayor would have liked them to campaign “very strongly” so that the ANC could win the local elections.
Compiled by Sandisiwe Mbhele