By Tendai Mukaro
The sudden death of the newly appointed Johannesburg Mayor, Jolidee Matongo has set tongues wagging social media with some followers suspecting foul play.
Matongo’s death comes barely a month after his ‘controversial’ appointment as certain groups of South Africans who claimed they could not be led by a Zimbabwean.
Matongo’ s mother was a South African and his father was a Zimbabwean who met Matongo’s mother when he travelled to South Africa.
His identity therefore has always been questioned with some opponents trying to use his controversial identity to outdo him in the political spheres.
Former Information minister, Professor Jonathan Moyo questioned how such a tragedy could befall someone in his position.
Matongo was killed in a car accident.
“How does a blue light protected VIP meet such a tragedy?
“Too many questions,” posted Prof Moyo.
Posting on Facebook Floyd Tokwe wrote, “I remember someone swearing they won’t have a Zimbabwean as a Mayor.”
Dzivaguru posted, “It is unfortunate that people did not accept him for his identity, Africans must unite and stop colonial borders from who we are.”
Some social media users suggested Matongo was a victim of xenophobia despite the fact that he was South African by birth and born to a South African mother in a matriarchal society.
Sinyoro Uncle wrote, “I have a question?
“What defines or qualifies one to be South African?
“Are we still stuck in the same Eurocentric divide and conquer syndrome?”
Another post on Facebook by Bheki read, “I really thought we had found a unifier against xenophobia, a man who comes from across both of South Africa and Zimbabwe.”
Mricho wrote, “South Africans will never allow Zimbabweans to lead them.
“They killed him.”