Fihla departs as Jordaan steps in


Embattled former Nelson Mandela Bay Executive Mayor, Benson Fihla, tendered in his resignation late yesterday afternoon following the appointment of South African Football Association (SAFA) boss, Danny Jordaan, as the struggling municipality’s fourth mayor in six years on Monday.

According to Eyewitness News, ANC Provincial Secretary, Oscar Mabuyane, confirmed that 83-year old Fihla had vacated the position he took over from Zanoxolo Wayile in 2013, saying that it was to be expected after it was announced that Jordaan would take over.

Jordaan’s new designation has been met with criticism with the Democratic Alliance (DA) describing it as a gimmick in the lead up to next year’s municipal elections.

Speaking in a statement yesterday, the party’s Shadow Minister of Sport and Recreation, Solomon Malatsi, said that the appointment contravenes SAFA’s ethics code of selecting individuals deployed by political organisations, and that it plans on submitting a formal letter to FIFA Secretary-General, Jerome Valcke, in an attempt to provide clarity on the matter.

Jordaan is reportedly expected to be inaugurated later today. 


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