Danny Jordaan looks to keep both positions

By Drum Digital
19 May 2015

President of SAFA and soon-to-be mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay, Danny Jordaan has said that he can manage both positions but the DA wants him to step down as president of SAFA.

President of SAFA and soon-to-be mayor of metropole Nelson Mandela Bay, Danny Jordaan has said that he can manage both positions at the same time. eNCA reports that Jordaan revealed his plan for staying on as president of SAFA after a press conference that was held to announce Portia Modise's retirement from football with immediate effect at the SAFA house in Nasrec, Johannesburg. "I've served on many other structures so it's about how you manage time and my role here (as SAFA president) is not a day-to-day role, my role is to advise etc," Jordaan reportedly said as quoted by eNCA.

Jordaan would reportedly not reveal anymore about his role as the new mayor of the Eastern Cape district.

On the other hand, the DA has told News24 that Jordaan cannot hold both positions.

The Democratic Alliance is claiming that SA Football Association's constitution precludes Danny Jordaan from staying on as its president if he takes up the job of Nelson Mandela Bay mayor.

According to article 3.1 of the constitution: "SAFA is neutral in matters of politics and religion".

The opposition party was concerned that because Jordaan was deployed by the African National Congress it would compromise the principle of independence required for the role of officebearer of Safa, DA MP Solly Malatsi said in a statement.

"The reality is that by occupying both roles in the lead up to the 2016 local government elections, Dr Jordaan will become the most politically partisan sport administrator in the country.

"This will, no doubt, be to the detriment of fair and dedicated football administration and should have been considered before Dr Jordaan accepted the mayoralty," Malatsi said.

The DA wants Jordaan to step down as Safa president if he takes the job of mayor.

Source: http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Safa-constitution-prevents-Jordaan-from-taking-both-posts-DA-20150519

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