Former George official demands apology from ANC's Dugmore for 'spewing drivel' over Kannaland job

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  • Former George municipality official Keith Jordaan is demanding an apology from ANC MPL Cameron Dugmore.
  • This came after DA Western Cape leader Tertuis Simmers named Jordaan as a possible replacement for Kannaland acting municipal manager Ian Avontuur.
  • Jordaan is demanding an "unconditional apology in writing".

Former George Municipality chief financial officer Keith Jordaan has demanded an apology and retraction from ANC Western Cape leader Cameron Dugmore for "blatantly spewing drivel" after he was linked to a position in the Kannaland Municipality last week.

This came after Western Cape DA leader Tertuis Simmers touted Jordaan as a possible replacement for acting Kannaland municipal manager Ian Avontuur. Simmers made the comment during a special council meeting last week.

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Dugmore then accused Simmers of politically interfering in the appointment of an acting municipal manager in Kannaland.

"It has come to our attention that the DA provincial leader is alleged to be unlawfully trying to force the municipality to remove the current acting municipal manager Ian Avontuur, and replace him with the discredited former George official Keith Jordaan," he said.

Jordaan, the former chief financial officer of the George Municipality, was dismissed for maladministration due to an investment of almost R300 million with Old Mutual. Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane made findings of improper conduct and maladministration against the municipality in connection with the investment.

In a scathing letter sent to Dugmore, Jordaan wrote: "How dare you attach my name to a DA appointment?"

Jordaan's letter read:

How dare you call me 'the discredited former George official, Keith Jordaan'?! You are clearly unaware of the complete facts in the matter of Keith Jordaan and the George Municipality. I had been cleared by the NPA (National Prosecuting Authority)… but I do not have to explain myself to an ANC politician; certainly not to an ANC politician blatantly spewing drivel without ascertaining accuracy.

"I note that you have not approached me for confirmation or denial of a DA offer, and I am astounded at your ignorance of ordinary local government procedure."

Jordaan said he wanted an "unconditional apology in writing", demanding that Dugmore send it to "every address which received your statement, and me copied (sic). Do it now".

"Do not engage me. I do not wish to engage someone with the morals and the manners of a petulant teenager. Simply withdraw your statement, and apologise, and be on your merry way," Jordaan wrote.

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In response to Jordaan's demands, Dugmore said he stood by the media release issued last week.

"Mr Jordaan was dismissed by the George Municipality for maladministration and the illegal investment of almost R300 million with Old Mutual. Clear evidence was presented that Jordaan knowingly invested millions of municipal funds into Old Mutual while it was clear that it was illegal," he said.

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