KZN reeling from sudden death of Ugu mayor

2016-12-22 13:43


Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Durban – The KwaZulu-Natal government says it is still reeling following news of the sudden death of Ugu District Municipality Mayor Tolomane Mnyayiza.

"As the local government fraternity, we are still struggling to register the news of Mayor Mnyayiza's demise. He was a committed community leader whose life was defined by his continued activism and his work amongst the many communities in the Lower South Coast Region," co-operative governance and traditional affairs MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube said on Thursday.

The 44-year-old died in hospital on Wednesday evening.

It is understood that he had been ill.

According to the ANC, Mnyayiza was a "brilliant student activist with great leadership qualities.

"It was not surprising that he was elected the first chairperson of the ANC Youth League in the Lower South Coast Region."

The ANC said he rose through the ranks and served as regional secretary of the ANC for three consecutive terms.

Pledge to honour Mnyayiza's legacy

At the last regional conference he was elected unopposed - a tribute to his discipline, dedication, political integrity and constantly unifying role, the ANC said.

Dube-Ncube said Mnyayiza was a local government's leader with "unmatched work ethic and a sheer determination to change people's lives for the better.

"He was a leader with a rich history in our struggle for liberation and understood the people's needs, hence his unwavering dedication to impact positively on the lives of all Ugu district's residents."

Dube-Ncube said he shaped political discourse in KwaZulu-Natal in many ways.

"But more than that, he held a profound understanding of the direct and immediate impact that municipal government can have on our people and he made it a great priority to ensure that our government served the people and not the other way round."

She added: "It is not easy to accept that we will never see him or work with him again, but to honour his legacy, we all pledge to work hard to maintain the standards that he has set for us." 

Read more on:    anc  |  durban

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Partner Content
What all investors should know about index investing

Index-linked investments are growing fast in popularity globally, and are growing in size and complexity too.

Partner Content
How data is changing investments

Technological disruption is rife in many spheres of business and given the quantity of data available, it’s no surprise that the way in which asset managers work is also changing fast.


Does your dog have separation anxiety?

We've got tips, advice and how to help your dog



Fascinating facts about dogs
Perfectly captured cat snapchats!
Out with the old dog, in with the new
Play with your pet when you're not at home
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.