ANC Nelson Mandela Bay accepts it's now opposition, with Jordaan as leader


Following wide speculation about the African National Congress (ANC) in the Nelson Mandela Bay after its bruising defeat by the Democratic Alliance (DA) in the recent Local Government Elections, the party on Wednesday publicly admitted that it is now the official opposition in the Bay and said it will be led by former Executive Mayor, Danny Jordaan.

“It is official now that the party is the official opposition in the city and we called this meeting to clear the speculations of what going to happen in the future,” said Gift Ngqondi, ANC regional spokesperson, at a media briefing held at Florence Matomela House in Port Elizabeth.

He said that the party’s Regional Task Team (RTT) has been consolidated into a team of men and women to represent the party in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality council and lead the party to victory in the next Local Government Elections, five years from now.

The ANC has appointed former Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Deputy Executive Mayor, Bicks Ndoni, as the deputy caucus leader; Litho Suka as the party’s Whip; Buyelwa Mafaya as Secretary; Andile Lungisa as Convener of Political Committee; and Ncediso Captain as the scriber for the political committee.

The party’s shadow Mayoral Committee is as follows:

  1. Infrastructure  & Engineering – Andile Lungisa;
  2. Budget &Treasury – Rory Riordan;
  3. Sport & Recreation – Xola Sabani;
  4. Public Health – Queenie Pink;
  5. Economic Development – Buyelwa Mafaya;
  6. Human Settlements – Andile Mfunda;
  7. Safety & Security – Itumeleng Ranyele;
  8. Human Resources – Makhi Feni;
  9. Roads & Transport – Mbulelo Gidane; and
  10. MPAC – Ncediso Captain.

According to the party, the team will be assessed every six months and they are confident that, with the calibre of these comrades, they have assembled a vibrant opposition to the DA-led multiparty administration.

“For some of the council representatives, it’s going to be their first time and the party at large agreed that performance evaluations from time to time will be made,” said Veza Ntshona.

Despite a shortfall in council seats, the ANC’s Vuyani Limba told journalists that the party will work hard at council in order win back the hearts of Nelson Mandela Bay residents.

“The ANC is the only party that has transformed this country, and from the opposition branches we are going to fight very hard to continue with our transformation,” Limba said.

Ntshona echoed him and said that the ANC has put a plan in motion to unseat the DA in the next local government elections.

“We have made our own assessment - we cannot deal with details of what we have done now, but we have a plan of win back the Metro. Come then next elections, I can assure you that the ANC will be back in power,” Ngqondi also said.

Meanwhile, new Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor, Athol Trollip, announced his much-anticipated Mayoral Committee at a press briefing held at the Uitenhage Town Hall, in Uitenhage - just outside Port Elizabeth, on Wednesday.