Ugu mayor responds to allegations

Ugu mayor Mondli Chiliza.

UGU Mayor, Mondli Chiliza has shrugged off claims that operations at the municipality had come to a standstill while he was away.

Mayor Chiliza was responding to a recent claim by IFP Ugu Executive Council (Exco) member Simphiwe Mthethwa that ‘friction’ in the ANC had had a negative impact on service delivery.

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The mayor urged all parties not to ‘throw politics’ at the ongoing water challenges but instead to unite in ensuring everybody had access to water.

In a statement, Councillor Mthethwa said Ugu operations had been ‘severely affected’ since the deaths of former mayor, Tolomane Mnyayiza and councillor Ian Mavundla.

Councillor Mthethwa claimed that ‘too many ANC squabbles’ were making it hard for decisions that would improve Ugu to be taken. These decisions, he added, included filling two vacancies at Exco level.

However, Mayor Chiliza disagreed, saying all ANC councillors within Ugu were always available when deployed to Exco, and that there were no meetings cancelled or postponed as a result of his absence.

Cllr Mthethwa accused the mayor and his allies of running Ugu as though they were ‘running their own homes’. He also said the mayor’s absence on many occasions had brought the municipality to a standstill.

In response, Mayor Chiliza said that no meeting had ever been disrupted due to his absence, and that the municipal manager had been hired to oversee all administrative processes.

He added that he believed all councillors who attended Exco and council meetings were ‘first-hand witnesses’ to how united they were.

Although Cllr Mthethwa claimed they had raised these issues at council, the mayor disputed this, saying he was ‘very surprised’ that they had failed to raise such issues at any of their meetings.

“While opposition councillors saw cheap political opportunities I, as the mayor, together with the municipal manager and senior officials, developed strategies to deal with the ongoing water issues.”

The mayor concluded by saying Cllr Mthethwa was well aware of various attempts made and money spent by Ugu to ensure that water infrastructure was improved in an effort to resolve water problems.


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