“He is the new mayor,” Kodwa said, adding that Jordaan received 62 votes. “The opposition apologised so he got 62 votes from the ANC councillors,” Kodwa said, referring to opposition parties’ decision to boycott the vote.
The score means that the ANC narrowly made the required quorum to elect a new mayor in the troubled metro.
The ANC holds 63 seats but has had to contend with internal opposition to a decision at national level to rope in Jordaan as mayor ahead of next year’s local government elections. Jordaan replaces Ben Fihle as mayor.
The ANC is expected to see a tough challenge from the Democratic Alliance, which will be fielding Eastern Cape party leader Athol Trollip as its mayoral candidate in Nelson Mandela Bay.