According to reports, Jordaan, whose good reputation has taken a knock following allegations that South Africa paid a bribe to host the soccer world cup in 2010, has embarked on massive cost saving measures to rescue the municipality.
These include, among others, banning overseas travel for council officials and less spending on public holiday celebrations, conferences and car hire. The question will always linger whether the soccer supremo is doing the right thing in good faith or whether the measures that he is introducing are a desperate charm offensive to the voters aimed at saving the ANC from losing the metro to the opposition in next year’s municipal elections.
The ruling party is desperate to keep the metro after its support there declined substantially in the 2011 local government polls, from 51% to 48%. With a few months to go before the municipal elections, it remains to be seen whether Jordaan’s belt-tightening measures will save the ANC from the humiliation or whether his effort was way too little, too late.