The octogenarian was replaced by football boss Danny Jordaan as the ruling party feared it could lose the metro 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. He will take home a salary of just less than R1-million a year.
Fihla served as an MP in the National Assembly from 1994.
He was appointed to lead the Eastern Cape metro in 2013, but was removed from his position two years later.
The MG reported previously that some regional and provincial leaders in the province were unhappy with Fihla’s leadership and believed the 83-year-old was too old to engage effectively with communities………..
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