“DA’s charges against Jordaan a gimmick” - Kodwa

BY CHARL BOSCH - SEPTEMBER 23, 2015

The ruling African National Congress (ANC) has described the laying of charges by the Democratic Alliance (DA) against Nelson Mandela Bay Executive Mayor and South African Football Association (SAFA) boss, Danny Jordaan, as a “desperate attempt to discredit him”.

On Monday, the party announced it had laid criminal charges against Jordaan and his predecessor, Molefi Oliphant, over bribery allegations relating to SAFA’s paying of $10-million to the North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

In an entry on Politicsweb, ANC National Spokesperson, Zizi Kodwa, said the municipality under Jordaan’s leadership had been undergoing “a process of revival” and that DA’s laying of charges is mainly a “shallow gimmick” in the run-up to next year’s local government elections.

“It is Comrade Danny Jordaan and his collective's decisive interventions in the Metro that make the DA realise that the ANC is rebuilding the trust of our people and taking decisive action to realise it's commitment to improve their lives for the better,” Kodwa said.

“In the first 100 days in office, the new administration moved from a budget deficit to report a surplus and a sustainable financial position with R1.5bn in the bank. From 1 July 2015 to date, 400 serviced sites have been constructed to provide housing opportunities and more than 190 families relocated from informal settlements to housing projects”.

He also added that the municipality had been making progress into the rooting out of corruption, and that the people of Nelson Mandela are engaging with government as part of its Back to Basics Campaign.

“This is what scares the DA and sees it running helter skelter clutching at straws hoping they will stick and become plausible corruption charges against the Executive Mayor,” Kodwa continued.

“We further pledge our support to Comrade Jordaan and his collective and urge them to continue with the sterling work they are doing. The African National Congress will not be deterred by sideshows in our determination to consolidating the work done to build a functional, effective Municipality that is people-centred, people-driven, working together with them to deliver on their aspirations”.