‘Big Four’ in the race to take over as Ugu deputy mayor named

Ugu Council chief whip Cllr Phumlile Mthiyane

BATTLE lines are drawn as the process to fill the vacant post of Ugu deputy mayor remains ongoing.

Once again, it seems to be a struggle between two ANC factions, ‘the progressives’ and the ‘forces of change’ to find a replacement.

Ugu Executive Council member Cllr Nomfundo Zwane

The position became vacant following the untimely death of the mayor, Councillor Tolomane Mnyayiza. His successor Mondli Chiliza, a deputy mayor at the time and also the current ANC ‘acting’ regional chairman, took over the reins.

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Insiders allege it’s payback time for Mr Chiliza, who was backed by ‘forces of change’ in his quest to become mayor. Although a ‘progressive’, Mr Chiliza has apparently betrayed his faction by vocally supporting a candidate belonging to the opposing faction.

Four candidates were put forward at a Regional Executive Committee meeting held last week, which is reported to have lasted until the early hours of the morning.

Ugu Executive Council member Cllr Moosa Manyoni

The names include; Ugu Executive Council (Exco) member Councillor Ian Mavundla, Council chief whip Councillor Phumlile Mthiyane, Exco member, Councillor Nomfundo Zwane as well as another Exco member, Councillor Moosa Manyoni.

Three of the candidates belong to the ‘progressives’. The exception is Cllr Ian Mavundla, who is a known ‘force of change’, the group that supports provincial ANC leader Sihle Zikalala who is widely known as the ‘Zuma’ man.

ANC regional spokesman, Selvan Chetty, confirmed the meeting as well as the list containing four names.

Ugu Executive Council member Cllr Ian Mavundla

Speaking to the Herald, he said the ANC had begun its internal processes to select a deputy mayor, followed by a debate and discussions where four candidates were nominated to be considered by the party’s Provincial Executive Committee.

“They will deliberate and return with the name of the winning candidate. The ANC in the region is confident that any one of the nominated individuals will be able to adequately represent the district and all its people in the execution of duties.”

Mr Chetty added that an announcement was expected soon.

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