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Joburg gets a new mayor

If you live in Joburg, can you name your mayor? 

The latest answer is Jolidee Matongo. This week the ANC and allied parties voted him in to replace Geoff Makhubo, who passed away last month. The opposition DA decided not to put up a candidate against him as it’s – barring a Covid-related postponement – only a few months until the next local government elections. Joburg’s mayoral race will be one to watch as former DA mayor Herman Mashaba works to win the mayoral chain back, this time on his own platform, Action SA. Meanwhile, Twitter showed itself to be the cesspit it really is when Matongo trended for all the wrong reasons after his appointment. This followed unconfirmed reports that his father is Zimbabwean, prompting xenophobes to demand that the ANC remove him. The man was born and bred in Soweto. Shame on the trolls. 

This article appeared as part of The Wrap, 12 August 2021. Sign up to receive our weekly updates.