DA wants answers from FIFA over Jordaan’s “dual” role

BY CHARL BOSCH - MAY 21, 2015

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has called-on FIFA Secretary-General, Jerome Valcke, to provide clarity following Monday’s appointment of South African Football Association (SAFA) President, Danny Jordaan, as the new Executive Mayor of the embattled Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.

Earlier this week, the party’s Federal Chairperson and Eastern Cape leader Athol Trollip, said that Jordaan’s new role as the municipality’s fourth mayor in six years was nothing but a pre-election gimmick, and that his holding of two key positions would result in him spending more time flying between Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg, than attending mayoral events and engaging with community members.

In a statement, DA Shadow Minister of Sport and Recreation, Solomon Malatsi, said that FIFA’s Code of Ethics, which also includes those of SAFA, requires organisations or individuals to act neutrally when it comes to dealing with governments, adding that Jordaan’s deployment by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) is in direct violation of the act.

“Dr. Jordaan says he has no obligation to recuse himself from SAFA because he is “not paid” by the football association. Being paid or not has nothing to do with Dr Jordaan’s apparent violation of SAFA and FIFA’s stance on political neutrality,” Malatsi said, referring to Jordaan’s comments in The Star that his non-executive position at SAFA comes with remuneration.

“It is our belief that the leadership of the football association and the sport itself will suffer if Dr Jordaan stays on as SAFA President. Holding both a position at the association and a mayorship is not in the best interests of South African football or the community for which he has been sworn in as mayor.”

Malatsi also stated that SAFA cannot be expected to function in a neutral way with a “political deployee of the ANC in local government,” and that Jordaan’s newfound role must now allow the body to be seen as “the    football association of the ANC”.