As the ANC prepares to launch its election manifesto in Port Elizabeth tomorrow, an early war of words has broken out between the ANC-led Nelson Mandela Bay metro and the opposition DA. It was sparked by the latest addition to the DA’s election stockpile – a huge billboard reading: “Danny Jordaan proudly brought to you by Jacob Zuma”.
The billboard, in Kemptson Road, in ANC colours, received a sharp response from Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Danny Jordaan’s chief of staff, Mlungisi Ncame. Ncame lashed out at the DA’s Nelson Mandela Bay mayoral candidate Athol Trollip, saying: “Trollip must go to Bedford where his family has a farm. Farmworkers there have accused him of racism.”
He said Trollip must go and deal with the matter because he seems to have a lot of time on his hands. “I am hoping it will help to heal himself and his family,” he said.
Ncame had asked for the billboard to be removed. The municipality had also rejected the DA’s application for an anti-Zuma march. A similar march is planned in Johannesburg today. DA MP, and Trollip’s campaign manager, Andrew Whitfield, said the reasons given for refusing the party permission to march were “spurious” and “probably illegal”.
He unleashed a scathing attack on Jordaan and President Jacob Zuma: “Jordaan is a broken mayor, protecting a broken president”. Whitfield alleged that Zuma deployed Jordaan to Nelson Mandela Bay to do his bidding in a desperate ANC attempt to keep control of the municipality.
“Under Danny Jordaan, the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality is being used to protect the ANC and Jacob Zuma, rather than protecting the people against corruption,” Whitfield said.
Whitfield told The Citizen that the billboard was put up by the DA to draw a link between a compromised president and a compromised mayor who is not accountable.