Buffalo City’s deputy mayor lost to Covid

Mkhuseli Sizani

The deadly Covid-19 continues to decimate prominent Eastern Cape leaders. Buffalo City Municipality announced the death of its deputy mayor Zoliswa Matana on Wednesday afternoon.

BCM has the second highest number of Covid-19 infections and deaths after Nelson Mandela Bay. In July it lost the Council Speaker Alfred Mtsi due to Covid-19. 

Matana brings the number of prominent leaders in the region who have died of Covid-19 to seven. Last month the province lost NMB former mayor Mongameli Bobani and Mncedisi Filtane the UDM national deputy chairperson.  

BCM executive mayor Xola Pakati said, “It’s with great sorrow and sadness that we learn of the shocking news of the untimely departure of the deputy mayor Zoliswa Matana. She was admitted to hospital earlier this week due to Covid-19 related complications and we have since learnt that she succumbed today. 

“We are seriously devastated as the deputy mayor was highly active in the implementation of development in the city, more particularly for IDP and the performance reporting function. Her astuteness and vigilance will be dearly missed.”

Pakati said the death of her deputy comes as they experience a spike in Covid-19 infections. 

“This loss 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. This happens just as we thought that the storm with its accompanying grief and sorrow had passed.”