DA's criminal charges against Danny Jordaan a gimmick - ANC

2015-09-22 19:01
Danny Jordaan has made it clear he intends to run for the Safa presidency later this month.

Danny Jordaan has made it clear he intends to run for the Safa presidency later this month. (Gallo Images)

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Johannesburg - Laying criminal charges against Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor Danny Jordaan was a desperate attempt to discredit him, the ANC said on Tuesday.

This after the Democratic Alliance laid criminal charges against Jordaan, and former SA Football Association President Molefi Oliphant on Monday in connection with alleged corruption linked to the country hosting the 2010 World Cup.

There have been allegations that a $10m bribe was paid for South Africa to host the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

DA MP Solly Malatsi laid fraud and corruption charges at the Cape Town Central police station on Monday.

"Given the evidence we have decided to lay criminal charges so we can get to the bottom of these allegations tarnishing the 2010 World Cup and because there seems to be no will by our government to deal decisively with these allegations," he said in a statement.

However, the ANC has called the move a publicity stunt.

"[This is the] latest in a long line of shallow gimmicks by the DA as a consequence of the very real threat they know comrade Jordaan poses to their fanciful attempt to win the Metro in the 2016 local government elections," national spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said in a statement.

He said Jordaan's interventions in Nelson Mandela Bay metro were a threat to the DA because the opposition party realised that the ANC was rebuilding the trust of the people.

The DA has called Jordaan a "part-time" mayor who had not added any significant value to the city since taking office.

In May, the ANC chose Jordaan as the new mayor for Nelson Mandela Bay.

Jordaan, who hails from Port Elizabeth and who was instrumental in securing the FIFA 2010 World Cup, had been selected to replace 83-year-old Benson Fihla.

In next year's local government elections, Jordaan will go up against the DA's Athol Trollip.

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