Deputy mayor de­nies Mood­ley is ad­viser

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FAWZIA Peer, eThek­wini deputy mayor, has slammed claims made by com­mu­nity ac­tivist Des Mood­ley that he is her ad­viser.

Last week, posters cir­cu­lated via so­cial me­dia stat­ing that Mood­ley was to speak at an event for the Ac­tive Cit­i­zens Move­ment (ACM) in uMh­langa.

Mood­ley, who was re­ferred to on the poster as Dr Des Mood­ley, Peer’s ad­viser, was to speak along­side Pro­fes­sor Hoosen Coova­dia and coun­cil­lor Heinz de Boer.

In a state­ment, the eThek­wini Mu­nic­i­pal­ity said Peer had un­der no cir­cum­stances given Mood­ley the ti­tle of ad­viser.

“Fur­ther­more, no one has been ap­pointed in deputy mayor Peer’s of­fice un­der that ti­tle. As a com­mit­ted coun­cil­lor and com­mu­nity leader who is pas­sion­ate about ef­fi­cient and ef­fec­tive ser­vice de­liv­ery, the deputy mayor works with many peo­ple from the com­mu­nity to fight crime and so­cial ills, and main­tains a good work­ing re­la­tion­ship with them,” the state­ment read.

Peer had ex­pressed her dis­ap­point­ment at the al­le­ga­tions be­ing made by Mood­ley and called them un­founded.

“Deputy mayor Peer has fur­ther cau­tioned peo­ple to re­frain from us­ing her name to fur­ther their own ob­jec­tives,” the state­ment said.

Yashica Pa­dia, ACM spokesper­son, said it got the in­for­ma­tion about Mood­ley from a mem­ber at the uMh­langa branch, who con­veyed the de­tails to the branch or­gan­iser.

“The in­for­ma­tion ul­ti­mately came from Des Mood­ley and we took it on good faith. When Fawzia Peer wrote a let­ter ask­ing for the mat­ter to be rec­ti­fied, we re­moved Des from the pro­gramme. We will still re­spond to the let­ter sent by the deputy mayor clar­i­fy­ing the mat­ter,” she said.

Pa­dia said she was un­aware if Mood­ley had at­tended the meet­ing.

Mood­ley had not com­mented by the time of pub­li­ca­tion.

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