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From The Desk of The President - Monday, 16 August 2021 - Last week marked the end of the scheduled hearings of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into State Capture, more than 1,000 days after the first witness testimony was heard.

“The time we spent together has been rendered a priceless treasure given his untimely and traumatic passing. May his soul rest in peace.”

“Like all of us, he was looking forward to the forthcoming election, and we saw in person today that he had put his heart and soul into mobilising the people of the city to make their voices heard on 1 November.

“Mayor Matongo has been taken from us at a time when he was totally immersed in improving conditions and creating opportunities for all the people of Johannesburg and stakeholders in the metropolitan economy.

“Nothing could prepare any of us for this sudden loss, which has deprived our nation’s economic centre of its second Executive Mayor in two months.

President Ramaphosa said: “It is hard to comprehend this tragedy, given the vitality and passion with which Mayor Matongo interacted with me and residents of Soweto so shortly before his death.

The President offers his condolences to Mayor Matongo’s family, friends, colleagues and comrades, and the residents of the City of Johannesburg. Mayor Matongo was elected unopposed to this position on 10 August 2021, following the passing of his predecessor, Geoff Makhubo.

Mayor Matongo, aged 46, passed away in a motor vehicle accident today, Saturday, 18 September 2021. The incident occurred after Mr Matongo had participated in a local government voter registration drive in his birthplace, Soweto, alongside President Ramaphosa.

PRESIDENT MOURNS TRAGIC DEATH OF JOHANNESBURG EXECUTIVE MAYOR JOLIDEE MATONGO President Ramaphosa is deeply saddened by the tragic death of City of Johannesburg Executive Mayor Jolidee Matongo.

The Presidency will continue to give political leadership to this work and welcomes all institutions and instruments that share government’s interest in the ethical renewal of our society.

Just as importantly, there is real progress in strengthening the institutions responsible for fighting corruption and other public bodies that have been badly damaged by corruption.

While there is much more work that needs to be done to fight corruption, particularly the kind of corruption that impacts directly on people’s lives, there is clear evidence that after years of impunity progress is being made in bringing those responsible to account.

Such investigations, trials and disciplinary proceedings – which are the result of the responses of this administration to bribery and corruption – raise public awareness of incidents of wrongdoing.

Through the work done in strengthening law enforcement agencies, several high-profile cases of alleged corruption have been brought to courts across the country.

This is a live database that is regularly updated, covering over 580 government departments and public institutions and providing the details of over 13,000 suppliers.

Government published details of all COVID procurement contracts online, which was a first in South Africa, with the intention that it should set a precedent for transparency in public procurement.

referred 127 government officials for disciplinary action and 3 political office bearers for executive action.

By August 2021, the SIU had referred cases worth R1.4 billion to the Special Tribunal in order to have contracts set aside and recover lost funds; referred 148 individuals and entities to the National Prosecuting Authority for possible criminal action;

President Ramaphosa authorised the Special Investigating Unit to probe any allegations relating to the misuse of COVID-19 funds across all spheres of the state.

Approximately R878 million in total has been recovered by the Fusion Centre and placed into the fiscus. This includes the recovery by SARS of R252 million in taxes.

As a result of the work of the Fusion Centre, 39 accused persons had appeared in 23 criminal court cases across the country by June 2021.