The ANC has nominated member of the mayoral committee for finance Jolidee Matongo as the new Johannesburg mayor.
He is set to come in as the third mayor since the local government elections in 2016, with the city having first been led by Herman Mashaba (before he left the DA) and then by Geoff Makhubo, who passed away from Covid-19-related complications last month at the age of 53.
If voted for by council, Matongo will complete what is left of this term of office, which will end either in October or early next year, depending on the date of the local government elections, which has yet to be confirmed.
The ANC in the Greater Johannesburg regional executive committee convened last Friday and again on Monday to discuss the process and nominate the mayoral candidates for submission to the provincial executive committee.
However, it was the party’s national leadership who had the final say.
Matongo was among the three ANC Greater Johannesburg members who were the first to be subjected to the governing party’s new selection process, which seeks to employ only those with the appropriate skills in leadership positions.
ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa, deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte and treasurer-general Paul Mashatile interviewed the three candidates on Wednesday evening.
Mpho Moerane, former member of the mayoral committee for infrastructure and environmental services, and Salphina Mulaudzi, chair of chairpersons in the City of Joburg, were shortlisted for the mayoral position alongside Matongo.
The candidates were questioned about their qualifications and the changes they would implement if given the opportunity to lead the country’s economic hub.
They were then asked how they would advance unity and renewal within the party’s regional structures.
The ANC has 124 seats in the council and will need an additional 12 votes from other parties for it to install its mayoral choice. The Inkatha Freedom Party, the United Democratic Movement, Cope, the African Independent Congress and Al Jama-ah are expected to support the ANC in electing Matongo as mayor.
The City of Joburg will hold a 27th extraordinary council meeting on Tuesday to elect Matongo.
Matongo previously served as strategic support adviser in the Johannesburg office of the member of the mayoral committee for finance in 2011.
He was the chief of staff responsible for the overall running and functioning of the offices of the Gauteng MEC for the departments of sport, economic development and agriculture, respectively.
He has served as a member of the Johannesburg ANC’s regional executive committee for 18 years. During this period, he became head of media and communications, and was also elected as regional spokesperson for two consecutive terms.
First on his agenda will be selecting a new mayoral committee, as the previous structure was dissolved due to Makhubo’s death.