The Ugu District Municipality is to get a new mayor after the resignation of current incumbent Mondli Chiliza. His letter of resignation was submitted to the monthly Ugu Council meeting on Thursday. In it Mr. Chiliza says he has come to the end of a long journey of ten years at Ugu after serving in all four troika offices. He thanked the ‘ANC for believing in me and everyone who helped me to take this district forward politically and administratively. Wishing you all the best and don’t forget to put the people first.’
His departure is not unexpected, as it has been an open secret for some time that there has been severe tension between him and senior municipal officials, one of them Municipal Manager DD Naidoo. At one stage there was open talk in the municipal corridors that he wanted to get rid of Mr. Naidoo. The relationship between them has been extremely tenuous lately. He has denied that there have been differences of opinion between him and colleagues, but reliable sources say as a result of the squabbles in the problem-ridden municipality, the ANC has decided to move him to the provincial legislature.
Deputy Mayor Phumlile Mthiyane will be acting in the position until a new mayor is appointed.