New deputy mayor sworn in

2018-07-12 06:00
PHOTO: thami ka-nkosiChief Magistrate Basil King swears in new Ugu deputy mayor Phumlile Mthiyane.

PHOTO: thami ka-nkosiChief Magistrate Basil King swears in new Ugu deputy mayor Phumlile Mthiyane.

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AFTER a year of uncertainty, the process of selecting a new Ugu District Municipality deputy mayor has finally been concluded.

The municipality officially inaugurated Phumlile Mthiyane as its new deputy mayor at the Ray Nkonyeni Municipality council chambers last Thursday.

Mthiyane pledged his commitment to serving Ugu followed by loud applause at the inaugural ceremony during the council meeting.

The position became vacant after the former deputy mayor, Mondli Chiliza, had to head up the mayoral office following the sudden death of Tolomane Mnyayiza in December year 2016.

The vacancy was announced last year after which there were reports of three possible candidates – Musa Manyoni, the late Ian Mavundla who died in July last year and Phumlile Mthiyane.

In a report published late last year ANC spokesman Selvan Chetty said the party had to wait for the National Executive Council to screen candidates first before making a decision.

Chetty said the chosen candidate was chosen by leadership in all spheres of the ruling party. He said the decision taken was based on the fact that there are “no issues” surrounding the chosen candidate.

“The ANC has decided to elect Comrade Phumlile Mthiyane as the new deputy mayor of the Ugu District Municipality, said Chetty.

“Cllr Mthiyane has served in the district and was previously the exco member in former Izinqoleni Municipality. She also served as the deputy secretary of the ANC before the party was disbanded.”

Chief Magistrate, Basil King swore in Lindo Mzimela to Ugu’s top seven exco members, and former Umuziwabantu Municipality, mayor Dumile Ngubo.

Addressing the councillors, dignitaries and members of the public, Deputy Mayor Mthiyane said her journey into politics started long time ago, when she was asked to serve the community and the ANC.

She promised mayor Mondli Chiliza that she would be supportive to him as he had been working alone without a deputy.


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