Danny Jordaan is Nelson Mandela Bay’s new Mayor

MAY 18, 2015

South African Football Association (SAFA) CEO, Danny Jordaan, has officially replaced Benson Fihla as the as the new Executive Mayor of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro.

There was wide speculation that the ANC will be announcing a new mayor for the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality on Monday.

Businessman, Bicks Ndoni, has been appointed Jordaan's deputy while Metro Speaker, Maria Hermans, keeps her job. ANC MP Litho Suka will replace Joy Seale as the party's  new chief whip.

Two weeks ago a high level ANC delegation, led by President Jacob Zuma, visited the city amid speculation that the president was in town to axe the current mayor, 83-year-old Fihla.

However, the two-day meeting concluded with the ANC announcing that they would not be reshuffling any Nelson Mandela Bay political deployments at the time.

Over the past two weeks, three candidates have emerged as potential replacements for Fihla. They include PE-born Jordaan, Nelson Mandela Bay Chamber of Business president and businessman, Mandla Madwara, and former deputy mayor Bicks Ndoni.

Of the three, Madwara has been the most outspoken. He confirmed that he had been approached by the ANC regional task team to consider the position. Senior ANC officials have also confirmed that Jordaan was approached, while Ndoni has long been a favourite among local structures as a possible replacement for Fihla.

Madwara informed the NMB Business Chamber at its AGM last week Wednesday that he was seriously considering the offer. He made it clear that should he be appointed mayor, he would have to resign from the chamber and would also have to give up some of his business interests.

Additional reporting - news24.com