Jolidee Matongo has officially been named the new Johannesburg executive mayor after a special meeting to fill the post left vacant by Geoff Makhubo, who succumbed to Covid-19 complications.
Matongo was elected after receiving more than 260 council votes on Tuesday and remained uncontested, a rare occurrence in the city.
He emerged victorious after a vigorous process which subjected him and two other mayoral candidates to a new rule in which prospective metro mayors are interviewed by the party’s powerful top six.
His name was the most preferred by the ANC in the province after the selection of three names, including Salphina Mulaudzi and Mpho Moerane for mayoral candidate.
“I didn’t assume that at this hour I would be on this podium, but we always carry hope with us. Madam speaker, let me thank the ANC for the confidence they have shown in me, and thank the 269 councillors who have, in the history of the city, unanimously decided to say ‘we will not look at any other candidate but yourself councillor Matongo’. I appreciate the honour and the privilege.”
Matongo was the metro’s MMC for finance since 2019.
He vowed to hit the ground running to ensure better lives for the residents of Johannesburg working alongside different political parties.
The newly elected mayor is said to hold qualifications including a diploma in public management, a postgraduate degree in public management from Unisa and a postgraduate diploma in management from Milpark Business School.
He is pursuing his master’s degree in public management with MANCOSA, according to Morero.