Nothing sinister about Danny Jordaan resignation, he has just been redeployed: ANC


The African National Congress (ANC) in the Nelson Mandela Bay on Monday confirmed the resignation of former Executive Mayor, Danny Jordaan, as leader of the opposition in the Bay at a media briefing held at its offices at Florence Matomela House, in Port Elizabeth.

According to the ANC in the Bay, Jordaan tendered his resignation on Sunday after the party agreed to assign him a new role outside of Council.

When Comrade Danny and other councillors were assigned responsibilities here in the Metro, the idea was to go and contest the next local government elections, and now his decision whether to stay or not was not an individual decision,” said Bicks Ndoni, ANC deputy party leader.

He added that there were discussions about creating a team of "comrades" that will be working solely to garner up support from voters in preparation for the next Local Government Elections - and that Jordaan is part of that team.

Jordaan was appointed as the leader of the opposition in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Council after the ANC’s loss to a Democratic Alliance (DA)- led coalition in the Bay. However, he has since then Jordaan been missing in action and never showed up for any Council meetings.

ANC Nelson Mandela Bay Council whip, Litho Suka, confirmed that Jordaan had excused himself from the Council meetings as he was on sick leave. He also said that Jordaan had missed the first Council meeting where Executive Mayor, Athol Trollip, was sworn in, due to confusion around access to the venue.

At the briefing, ANC regional task team co-ordinator, Beza Ntshona, said that Jordaan had missed the recent ANC regional consultative forum in September as he had been deployed by the party to engage with other municipalities.

Ntshona said that the decision to redeploy Jordaan and release him from his Council duties to focus on the next elections had been taken after a consultative conference.

He said that the party removed Jordaan from his duties in order to start a new strategy for campaigning - particularly, in Port Elizabeth's Northern Areas, adding that the party was aiming to get out of its traditional support bases and was focussing on increasing votes in the Bay's southern suburbs and Northern Areas,

Comrade Danny has been actively participating in all organisational activities, and he will remain a member of the ANC’s regional task team and a full member of the ANC ,” said Ntshona.

He concluded that former deputy Executive Mayor and current deputy leader of the opposition, Bicks Ndoni, would be taking Jordaan’s place as party leader in the Metro.