Jolidee Matongo was a loving and caring husband, says wife at funeral

Family, friends and colleagues gathered at the Finetown Hall in Johannesburg on Friday to pay their final respects to Matongo.

The funeral service for the late City of Joburg mayor Jolidee Matongo took place at the Finetown Hall in Johannesburg on 24 September 2021. Picture: @CityofJoburgZA/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - Jolidee Matongo's wife penned an emotional tribute to her late husband, describing the late Joburg mayor as a loving and caring partner.

Family, friends and colleagues gathered at the Finetown Hall in Johannesburg on Friday to pay their final respects to Matongo.

The 46-year-old mayor was killed in a car crash last weekend while traveling on the Golden Highway.

He had been campaigning in Soweto with President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Mpho Motsepe read a message on behalf of Matongo's wife, Kedibone: "Our anniversary will never be the same again because you always ensured that we celebrated it and gave it the prominence that they deserve. On our wedding day, you said 'we are selling our freedom on Freedom Day'. I am grateful for the love that you have given me and our son."

The African National Congress (ANC)'s Greater Johannesburg Region has remembered Matongo as a man rooted in serving the people of this country.

The party's regional secretary, Dada Morero, said that Matongo was one of the rare jewels of the party.

"Those who knew comrade Joli will tell you that he belonged to a special breed of public representatives of our people. He belonged to the best public representatives of the recognised nobility of the masses of our people."

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