Opposition parties to boycott Danny Jordaan's swearing in as mayor

2015-05-27 17:55
Danny Jordaan (File, Netwerk24)

Danny Jordaan (File, Netwerk24)

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Port Elizabeth - In a show of solidarity, Nelson Mandela Bay opposition parties have joined forces and vowed to stay away from the Special Council Meeting that had been called tomorrow for the swearing in of ANC candidate Danny Jordaan as the new mayor.

Speaking at a press conference at the DA's head office in Port Elizabeth, the parties said they would not be used as pawns to push the ANC's agenda through council.

The ANC needs to make a quorum of 61 seats in the council to appoint Jordaan and his fellow incumbents, Bicks Ndoni as deputy mayor and Litho Suka as the chief whip. This means, if all opposition councillors stay away, the ANC would require every ANC councillor to be in attendance.

However it has been revealed that there are factions within the Mandela Bay ANC structures who are not happy with Jordaan's appointment.

"The current mess in which the ANC finds itself is one that is entirely of its own making," said DA caucus leader Retief Odendaal.

"We have been approached by numerous councillors who have indicated their extreme unhappiness at the current changes within the ANC local structures and who are prepared to go so far as to support a DA candidate for the position of mayor," Odendaal claimed.

"As confident as the DA is that we could win such a contest and as tempting as this is for us as the official opposition within Nelson Mandela Bay, we cannot risk an unstable government for the people of Nelson Mandela Bay," he said.

Odendaal said the right way to win governance of the Bay was through the ballot box in the 2016 general elections.

"The DA has put forward a Mayoral candidate, in Athol Trollip, for 2016 who the people will have an opportunity to elect. We will never impose a parachuted Mayor who will only serve the people part-time," he said in veiled reference to Jordaan.

"In summary, we are fully aware that the current instability and rudderless direction of the Metro is as a direct result of the inability of the governing party to resolve their internal conflict."

"Tomorrow Danny Jordaan will face a tough test. We are concerned though, to learn that he is apparently scheduled to fly to Zurich tomorrow to attend to a Fifa congress in his capacity as head of Safa. This reaffirms that Danny Jordaan can only be a part-time mayor for Nelson Mandela Bay," said Odendaal.

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