Trollip renews call for Jordaan to take-up service delivery debate challenge

BY CHARL BOSCH - APRIL 12, 2016

Democratic Alliance (DA) Eastern Cape Athol Trollip has repeated his challenge to Nelson Mandela Bay Executive Mayor Danny Jordaan, “to come out of hiding” and accept his proposal for a debate on the state of the Metro.

On Monday, Trollip questioned Jordaan’s decision to withdraw from a major national television debate scheduled for later this week, saying his latest pull-out has only continued to raise speculation as to whether he has something to hide.

Jordaan’s spokesperson Mlungisi Ncame however hit back at Trollip’s claims by telling Eyewitness News that there is nothing suspicious about Jordaan pulling out, as he never confirmed to partake in the debate.

In follow-up statement, Trollip said Jordaan must come clean on his alleged involvement in the FIFA 2010 World Cup scandal, his reported close relationship with President Jacob Zuma and track record since replacing former Mayor Benson Fihla in May last year.

“The people deserve accountability and openness, which avoiding public debates and important meetings shows, Mayor Jordaan shies away from,” Trollip said.

He also took a swipe at Jordaan’s decision to miss a discussion on township economics and local economic development hosted by Small Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu earlier today, saying his opting to attend a handover of businessman Patrice Motsepe’s foundation in Johannesburg as SAFA boss, reinforces the notion of him being “a part-time mayor”.

Referring to Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister David van Rooyen’s visit to the Metro on Monday, Trolllip remarked that the former Finance Minister’s assessment of improved service delivery amounted to a “ridiculous claim” based on him “being in the Metro for three hours”.

“There is no good governance story to tell in Nelson Mandela Bay, but that seemingly won’t stop the ANC from pretending so,” Trollip said.

“I [therefore] put this challenge to the Mayor, on behalf of thousands of Nelson Mandela Bay residents who live in a daily struggle to get ahead, because their local government is failing them”.