It’s with great sorrow and sadness that we learn of the shocking news of the untimely departure of the Deputy Mayor of Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality, Councillor Zoliswa Matana. The Deputy Executive Mayor was admitted to hospital earlier this week due to COVID-19 related complications and we have since learnt that she succumbed today.
We are in serious devastation as the Deputy Executive Mayor was highly active in the implementation of development in the city, more particularly integrated planning as she was responsible for IDP and the performance reporting function. Her astuteness and vigilance will be dearly missed.
Our City has lost a steadfast, raw, vigilant but yet committed community activist whose life story is testimony of selfless service to others. The continuing devastation that is caused by COVID-19 is too huge to fathom and explain.
This loss of the Deputy Executive Mayor reaches us at a time where we are starting to witness an alarming rise in COVID-19 infections, a signal of the arrival of the second wave of the Corona Virus. This happens just as we thought that the storm with the accompanying grief and sorrow has passed.
We send our deep and most sincere condolences to the Matana family, friends and comrades of the Deputy Executive Mayor. Sithi thuthuzelekani. We are unable to even imagine the amount of pain you feel. We share in your shock and grief.
Issued by the Executive Mayor of Buffalo City Metro
Cllr Xola Pakati