The newly chosen mayor of the South African city of Johannesburg, Jolidee Matongo, of the official African National Congress (CNA), died at Saturday night in a car accident only one month after his appointment, after death by Covid-19 Your predecessor, Geoff Makhubo.
As confirmed by the South African government, Matongo, 46, died after spending Saturday's day to the electoral campaign, along with the president of the country, Cyril Ramophosa, in the Soweto district (southwest of Johannesburg), where he was born. They campaigned with views of the municipal elections next November 1.
"They took us away from Mayor Matongo at a time when he was totally immersed in improving the conditions and the creation of opportunities for all the people of Johannesburg and the actors of the metropolitan economy," the Ramophose President via Twitter laden.
In the accident, Matongo and the driver died, while the two bodyguards that accompanied the mayor were injured and are recovering in the hospital.
Matongo assumed the position on August 10 automatically and without a need to be necessary by no alternative candidate, as established by the consistory standard.
Bred in Soweto, the deceased mayor was part before his appointment of the Municipal Finance Commission and began his militancy in different organizations of the Student Movement - as the Congress of South African Students (things, for its acronym in English) - before entering into The CNA.
Geoff Makhubo, who assumed the position of Mayor in June 2019 by the CNA, was hospitalized on July 3 after the Coronavirus will be diagnosed at the end of June and ended up dating complications related to the disease.
South Africa has remained from the beginning of the pandemic as the epicenter of the virus on the continent, and left behind a aggressive third wave that hit the central province of Gauteng, where the cities of Johannesburg and Pretoria are located.
In the Austral Nation, 60 million inhabitants, more than 2.8 million people have been infected from Covid-19 and more than 85,000 have died, according to official data, while they have been administered about 16 million doses of the Vaccine against the disease.Updated Date: 21 September 2021, 01:34