Axed Port Elizabeth Mayor now special adviser to Eastern Cape Premier

JULY 24, 2015

Former Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor, Ben Fihla, who is believed to have been made to resign from City Hall by the African National Congress (ANC) in May understandably for poor performance, is now a special adviser to Eastern Cape Premier, Phumulo Masualle.

Fihla was replaced by South African Football Association (SAFA) boss, Danny Jordaan, who is expected to ensure that the ANC does not lose its control of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality in the 2016 Local Government Elections.

A memorandum seen by the Mail & Guardian and dated July 17, says Fihla is to be an additional special adviser to the Premier on an almost R1 million a year salary.

Fihla, who previously served as an ANC MP in the National Assembly from 1994, was appointed to lead the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality in 2013 following the sacking of Zamuxolo Wayile.

Not a unique case

Fihla is not the only one to be recycled. In June, the Eastern Cape legislature, in Bhisho, announced that the axed Buffalo City Deputy Mayor, Temba Tinta, and former Nelson Mandela Bay Metro Deputy Mayor, Chippa Ngcolomba, were now Members of the Provincial Legislature (MPLs).

Former Buffalo City Mayor, Zukiswa Ncitha, who was also axed in June following infighting in the Buffalo City Municipality and is accused, among others, of fraud and corruption relating to the Mandela funeral saga, was redeployed to the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) in the same month.