The Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) MEC Sipho Hlomuka has learned with shock and sadness of the passing of the Mayor of uMlalazi Local Municipality Cllr Thelumoya Bazil Zulu, who passed away today following a short illness.

MEC Hlomuka has expressed his dismay at learning of the news of the passing of Cllr Zulu who was a committed servant of the people.

Cllr Zulu served in various roles prior to being the Mayor. He served as a PR Councillor for the ANC in 2008. He was then elected as the Mayor of uMlalazi following the 2011 local government. His wealth of knowledge of local government came into good use as he led the council with distinction in addressing service delivery issues within the municipality which got him re-elected as the Mayor for the second term following the 2016 local government elections.

“In him, the residents of uMlalazi had a dependable leader. He never shied away from challenges and dealt with them head-on. We often witnessed him visiting residents and businesses dealing with issues first hand, all in the interest of serving his community” said Hlomuka.

“As the sphere of local government, we have lost a genuine leader whose contributions will be missed. We lose such a leader at a time when this sphere is facing severe pressures placed on it by the outbreak of the Novel Corona Virus. During these times Cllr Zulu was one of the Mayors that was at the forefront fighting against the spread of the virus in our communities through the speedy roll-out of essential services” adds Hlomuka.

Cogta MEC, Sipho Hlomuka has sent condolences to the family of Cllr Zulu, who have had to make immense sacrifices so that their father can fulfil his call of serving the residents of uMlalazi.

Hlomuka has also sent condolences to the family of municipalities within the King Cetshwayo District and to the African National Congress the political home Cllr Zulu belonged to.