Jordaan to focus on winning 2019 elections - ANC

2016-10-03 19:25
Danny Jordaan (City Press).

Danny Jordaan (City Press).

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Port Elizabeth - The ANC has redeployed former mayor and leader of the opposition for Nelson Mandela Bay, Danny Jordaan, to focus on winning the 2019 provincial elections.

The decision to release him from his council duties was taken after a consultative conference, ANC regional task team co-ordinator Beza Ntshona told reporters on Monday.

"We have emerged with greater unity of purpose and a single-minded determination to achieve a 70% victory in the forthcoming 2019 elections here in the metro."

Jordaan was expected to play a significant role in winning back the municipality, specifically in the Northern Areas.

"It is not a demotion. Jordaan remains a member of the ANC’s regional task team and a full member of the ANC."

Ntshona said former deputy mayor and current deputy leader of the opposition, Bicks Ndoni, would take Jordaan’s place as party leader in the metro.

With Jordaan’s resignation, the ANC would stick to its lists. This meant Afrika Maqolo would move up as an ANC proportional representation councillor.

President Jacob Zuma appointed Jordaan, who turned 65 on September 3, mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay in May last year. This was part of attempts to end political infighting in the region and secure the vote of the Northern Areas for the August 3 local government elections.

He failed to do so, and the DA won a majority and secured the municipality through a coalition.

Jordaan held the title of leader of the opposition for 41 days. He tendered his resignation as a councillor on Sunday. He was not at Monday’s press conference.

'Jordaan was on leave'

During his time as official leader of the opposition in Nelson Mandela Bay, Jordaan did not attend a single council meeting.

ANC council whip Litho Suka said Jordaan excused himself from the council meetings as he was on sick leave. He said Jordaan missed the first council meeting, where DA mayor Athol Trollip was sworn in, due to confusion around access to the venue.

Jordaan was outside the venue before proceedings got underway, but failed to attend the council meeting. ANC members who did attend, walked out when Trollip was sworn in.

Suka said Jordaan had been on sick leave and had excused himself from attending the following two council sessions.

"We have made it very clear that Jordaan was on leave," he said.

Ntshona said Jordaan missed the recent ANC regional consultative forum in September as the party had sent him to do work with other municipalities.

"Comrade Danny has been actively participating in all organisational activities," he said.

When asked about Jordaan’s multiple appearances on behalf of the South African Football Association over the past month-and-a-half, while apparently on sick leave, party leaders smiled and said they were not able to comment.


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