Jordaan blasts “puppet” claims


Newly elected Nelson Mandela Bay Executive Mayor, and South African Football Association (SAFA) President, Danny Jordaan, has denied allegations that he has been drafted in by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) to help retain the struggling municipality before next year’s municipal elections.

In an interview with CityPress shortly after being sworn in as a councillor yesterday, Jordaan, who takes over from fired mayor Benson Fihla as the municipality’s fourth mayor in six years, said that he is just “an ordinary councillor ready to help the people”.

“I have never been a puppet in my life and am not going to start being a puppet at this old age of mine. I have always done things that I believe in,” he told the paper.

“I’m back home … there is clearly a need to come home and deal with issues. I am happy to be part of a team [that will] restore the city to its name. This city is called Nelson Mandela. What must guide our work is always the question: what would Nelson Mandela have said, and what would he have done? “

Jordaan’s appointment as been met with harsh criticism from opposition parties with the Democratic Alliance (DA) and Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) calling for his resignation as SAFA boss, a request he has rejected. Jordaan’s inauguration is expected to take place this coming Wednesday.


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