Danny Jordaan is NMB’s new mayor

2015-05-20 06:00
Danny Jordaan. 

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SAFA President Danny Jordaan will be the new Executive Mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB), subject to a council vote.

This was announced at a media briefing held by ANC general-secretary Gwede Mantashe on Monday.

Mantashe said they have almost concluded their first phase of restructuring the ANC leadership in NMB with three top leaders axed including, Mayor Ben Fihla, Deputy Mayor Chippa Ngcolomba and Chief Whip Joy Searle.

The three positions will be filled by Jordaan, with the new Deputy Mayor being Bicks Ndoni and Litho Suka as new Chief Whip.

Mantashe said the Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) engaged with relevant structures and a review of the mayoral committee would soon take place.

“The Mayoral committee must be changed, with our driving force not being the elections but service delivery. What needs to be done has been done for now to ensure the health of the ANC,” said Mantashe.

Mantashe said the three elected candidates will now be sworn in at council with the three axed members resigning with immediate effect.

Mantashe denied that the ANC had made the appointments based on their plight to win the Uitenhage and Northern Areas votes during local elections next year, but said the party, was determined to win those votes and the white votes in the region.

“We don’t just say we want the coloured votes. We also want the white votes and even more votes in our cultural hub in the townships. We are not doing well in the white areas but we have managed to get votes in the Uitenhage and Northern Areas. We need to do better in those areas and this will not be because we have a coloured Mayor,” said Mantashe.

The ANC said their particular focus in the Metro will be to improve service delivery in housing, water and sanitation and the transport system.

Mantashe said Jordaan was fully capable of this undertaking and his expertise in sports and recreation would also be beneficial to the NMB. He said Jordaan would not be stepping away from his duty as SAFA President, as SAFA was not a full-time job.

Ngcolomba said although he did not know his future in the party, he welcomed the decision taken by the ANC and would work with the organisation to ensure they retain the Metro come next year’s elections. “I congratulate comrade Jordaan and I ask that he be given a chance.”

Mantashe said the three members who had been given the boot would be redeployed elsewhere. “We are a caring organisation. We don’t dump our members. The three members concerned will be given other responsibilities,” he said.

. Jordaan, born in PE, was a member of the South African Students’ Organisation (SASO), later becoming a member of the United Democratic Front (UDF) and the ANC.

In 1990 he was elected as the chairperson of the ANC branch in the Northern Areas and became a member of parliament until 1997. He was then elected as the CEO of SAFA later becoming SAFA president

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