Mayor Jordaan a ‘smart move’

FILE PICTURE: SAFA president Danny Jordaan. Picture: Refilwe Modise

The appointment of SA Football Association (Safa) president Danny Jordaan as new mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay will not necessarily solve the issues plaguing the ruling party there, according to analyst and constitutional law expert Shadrack Gutto.

But he said the appointment showed the ANC was really gearing up for next year’s local government elections in that Jordaan has a national profile.

“However, that somebody with a national profile does not mean the ability to manage an underperforming metro which has been riddled by factionalism and corruption, and therefore he will be dealing with councillors who are part of factional fighting. I don’t know what magic he will bring,” said Gutto.

He said the ANC’s biggest enemy was internal, in the form of corruption and factionalism. “The ANC’s biggest enemy is within the party itself,” Gutto said.

However, political analyst Elvis Masoga sees Jordaan’s appointment as a smart move. “The ANC has to be congratulated for recruiting the best of the best to one of the most critical positions of service delivery,” he said.

When asked what Jordaan’s appointment would mean to the opposition’s plans to take over the reins in next year’s local government elections, Masoga said: “The ruling party is likely to reap the political fruits of this move because everyone knows Danny, who is a son of that area.

“Jordaan’s appointment will certainly invoke instant excitement from people in that part of the country, who will now be exposed to a highly influential
person.”

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has called for Jordaan’s immediate resignation as president of Safa.

“At the helm of Safa must be a person that all the supporters of Bafana Bafana, Banyana Banyana, and the rest of the national soccer teams can associate with regardless of which political parties they belong to,” EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said.

The United Democratic Movement said they hoped Jordaan would resign from Safa.

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– stevent@citizen.co.za



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