Mayor Jordaan to review his first 100 days in office

2015-09-09 06:00
Nelson Mandela Bay Executive Mayor Danny Jordaan.

Theo Jeptha

: Nelson Mandela Bay Executive Mayor Danny Jordaan. photo: Theo Jeptha

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MAYOR Danny Jordaan is expected to hit back at his detractors today as he delivers his own review on his 100 days in office.

Jordaan was mum last week as opposition parties delivered punches on his leadership during his first 100 days as Nelson Mandela Bay mayor.

Jordaan’s Chief of Staff, Mlungisi Ncame, said today (Wednesday, September 9) Jordaan would finally respond to his critics namely DA mayoral candidate Athol Trollip, who said Jordaan’s time in office was filled with broken promises.

Trollip held a press conference last week Friday to review Jordaan’s key performance indicators on his first 100 days as Mayor.

Trollip in his review of Jordaan’s first 100 days said the suspensions of high profile municipal officials were just window dressing by the mayor.

The DA together with the UDM said the investigations which have led to suspensions of high profile municipal officials have not impressed them as the suspensions are in suspension.

Trollip said its was shocking that metro boss Mpilo Mbambisa, who has 17 charges laid against him by the municipality, has been able to negotiate a settlement into his exit.

Trollip announced during his press conference last week that an additional 19 charges are currently being prepared by the metro against Mbambisa.

“It’s quite unprecedented that a municipality would present a document with 17 charges against a municipal manager to all the political parties including the DA before a (council) meeting and then as the meeting is about to start, to ask for the document with the charges to be given back only to inform the council that deputy mayor Bicks Ndoni has been asked to negotiate a settlement with a person who minutes before had been charged. I hear that there are another 19 charges that are also being prepared against Mbambisa,” said Trollip.

Trollip said the DA does not believe that Jordaan is doing anything to eradicate corruption as Jordaan has been seen in the company of allegedly suspended communications boss Roland Williams.

“Apparently Williams has been suspended again but there is no confirmation of that. The only thing we do know is that he was seen laughing and in very jovial company with the mayor in the last weekend which doesn’t speak to the fact that he has been suspended for very serious misdemeanours,” added Trollip.

Trollip said, “Instead of rooting out corruption, Jordaan has protected and befriended Williams who unlawfully and improperly dished out tenders, bungled contracts and taken paid trips to other provinces with municipal tender bidders.

“Instead of cutting costs on non-core expenditure, Jordaan decided to cut ‘special skills allowances’ to critical officials in the electricity and water directorates, causing a wildcat strike and power outages in vast areas of the North, and water cut offs for over a week,” he added.

To date three directors have been suspended, namely Lindile Petuna, Mod Ndoyana, and Roland Williams. IPTS boss Mhleli Tshamase resigned after being suspended, and municipal managers Nadia Gerwel, Isaac Nokele, Carle Ritter Erasmus and Basil de Lange have also been suspended.

UDM local leader Mongameli Bobani said the suspensions without any other action would bring chaos to the metro. “You find that all these people are ANC deployees and we have warned that bringing political deployees to fill municipal roles is disastrous and this is being proven.

“There is a dark cloud hanging over Jordaan with the FIFA scandal and the metro is going for a disclaimer not even for a qualified audit. Things are worse than ever, to appoint a new municipal manager six months before the elections. Where does that put us? We are indeed going into a black day in the metro with Jordaan as its leader,” said Bobani.

“No municipal managers have completed their term of office since we became a metro. What that means is that the people of the metro have to pay for incompetent administrators who cannot finish their job and not one of them has been called to account.

“And what’s more we are paying double because when you give someone a golden handshake and replace them with another you are paying the person coming in and the person going out,” ended Trollip.

Ncame said Trollip’s review was so devoid of substance that it was not worth responding to. “The scandals he is talking about only exist in his head.

“For instance, we all know that the Mayor has spent every day attending to his official duties in the Metro but Trollip still perpetuates the tired myth that he is a part time Mayor. We will give a detailed account of the Executive Mayor’s first 100 days on Wednesday (today),” said Ncame.

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