Jordaan not billed for electricity for 7 years - report

By Drum Digital
13 June 2015

Newly appointed Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor Danny Jordaan has not been billed for electricity by the municipality for the last seven years, according to a report on Saturday.

The Weekend Post said it was in possession of a document stating that Jordaan’s Summerstrand household had not been billed for electricity usage since 2007.

Jordaan’s wife Roxanne, who is in charge of the family's utility bills, told the newspaper they were not at fault but their electricity meter had burned out.

She said she had on numerous times informed the municipality that their meter was no longer moving.

Municipal spokesperson Roland Williams confirmed to the Weekend Post that the meter had been reported as faulty and because of this, the Jordaans had not been billed in the last seven years.

Spotlight on Jordaan ‘too harsh’

Roxanne said, however, a standing debit order which included electricity, water and municipal charges had been going off their account every month during that period.

Although the Jordaan's faulty electricity meter was fixed last month, they will have to pay for the years they were not billed.

Roxanne Jordaan has also complained about the criticism her husband has faced since taking mayoral office.

At the time of his appointment, Jordaan, who is also the president of the SA Football Association, came into the spotlight over allegations that South Africa bribed its way into hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

Jordaan has been accused of delaying progress in the metro since his appointment in the midst of the FIFA scandal in which South Africa has been implicated, News24 reported on Wednesday.

In his second open letter written to Jordaan, Democratic Alliance MPL Athol Trollip on Wednesday called on the SA Football Association boss to come out of hiding and account for the allegations that a $10m bribe was paid for South Africa to host the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

‘Part-time mayor nowhere to be seen’

"You have ducked out of sight, and hidden yourself from any and all public contact in this regard since taking office almost two weeks ago," Trollip writes in the letter.

"As far as the people of the city can see, the part-time mayor is nowhere to be seen.

On Tuesday, Parliament's portfolio committee on sport decided there was no reason to summon Jordaan to come and explain the bribery scandal.

Jordaan and former Safa boss Molefi Oliphant had reportedly signed letters giving instruction that the $10m be channelled to accounts managed by Jack Warner, deposed FIFA vice-president.

US authorities allege that this payment was a bribe to help secure the World Cup bid for South Africa.

Jordaan and Oliphant were yet to break their silence on the bribery allegations.

Source: News24

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