Danny Jordaan keeps all his positions amid political bickering

2015-05-19 15:01
Dr Danny Jordaan, SAFA president and newly appointed mayor of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro. Picture: Trevor Kunene

Dr Danny Jordaan, SAFA president and newly appointed mayor of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro. Picture: Trevor Kunene

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Mudslinging and political bickering probably won’t stop Dr Danny Jordaan from continuing his football career while making a comeback to active politics. 

Soccer boss Jordaan’s new appointment as mayor of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro has drawn widespread criticism. 

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) called for Jordaan to resign from his South African Football Association (Safa) position, and the Democratic Alliance (DA) called his appointment “a gimmick”. 

On Twitter, United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa said “to hell with Safa and deployment policy” and the parachuting in of Jordaan as the new mayor. 

The UDM later issued an official statement through its general secretary Bongani Msomi, who congratulated Jordaan but said sports and politics did not mix. 

“The Safa committee ... must keep in mind that politics is not like any other industry and they must compare apples with apples. Jordaan is now going to take orders from the ANC headquarters, so whatever he will be doing or saying, people will not be able to see him as an independent person.” 

He said that although the UDM had nothing against Jordaan, his appointment should be viewed as a political one. 

The UDM hoped “that he would do the right thing by resigning from his position as president of Safa in order to protect the independence and neutrality of the association”. 

The ANC has declared its full confidence in Jordaan and the people of Nelson Mandela Bay as they battled the challenges confronting them. 

Social media critics also voiced their dissatisfaction with how Jordaan was roped into the provincial party politics. 
The sentiments were echoed by the EFF, who said Jordaan must resign from the association because he had chosen active politics and life as an ANC politician. 

This came on the back of a statement from Safa, who said Jordaan did not have to resign from his job there because his position was a nonexecutive one. 

Provincial politics commentator, Paul Berkowitz, said that the election of Jordaan was not going to help the ANC “significantly grow its support base” in the region. 

During an interview with Africa Melane on the Cape Talk radio station early Tuesday morning, Berkowitz said: “His skills are not in doubt but when there is so much internal struggle and factionalism, it might not be enough.”

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