Mpho Moerane sworn in as mayor of Joburg as Matongo is honoured

Mpho Moerane. File photo.
Mpho Moerane. File photo.
Image: Sydney Seshibedi

Mpho Moerane was officially sworn in as the new City of Johannesburg Mayor on Friday.

Councillors held the 28th extraordinary council meeting at the metro centre in accordance with section 29 of the Municipal Structures Act of 1998 (Act 117 of 1998).

Moerane’s mayorship comes after the death of Jolidee Matongo, who died in a car accident earlier this month shortly after he took over from Geoff Makhubo, who succumbed to Covid-19 in July this year.

The seat occupied by Jolidee Matongo, who died in a car crash soon after becoming mayor of Johannesburg. His seat is draped in black and a candle was lit for him and 17 other councillors who died during their terms of office.
The seat occupied by Jolidee Matongo, who died in a car crash soon after becoming mayor of Johannesburg. His seat is draped in black and a candle was lit for him and 17 other councillors who died during their terms of office.
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The event began on a sad note as Matongo was honoured as a dedicated servant of Johannesburg from the age of 13, when he began his political career as an activist.

His seat was draped with a black cloth as a symbol he would never sit in it again.

A candle was lit in remembrance of the 18 councillors who  died during their terms of office. 

The event can be summed up in the words of councillor Alison Roberts: “A spear has fallen. Let us pick up that spear.”

Matongo’s wife sat in a special seat in front of his seat in council. 

Moerane is former MMC for environment and infrastructure services in the city and ANC Johannesburg regional treasurer.

Following the election of the mayor will be a swearing-in of the newly appointed members of the mayoral committee at 2pm. 

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