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Danny Jordaan breaks silence on his alleged role in FIFA corruption scandal

Sep 29, 2015
Danny Jordaan breaks silence on his alleged role in FIFA corruption scandal

While criminal charges laid by the Democratic Alliance (DA), over his alleged complicity in the infamous FIFA corruption scandal, hang over his head, Nelson Mandela Bay Executive Mayor and President of the South African Football Federation (SAFA), Danny Jordaan, on Tuesday sounded unphased saying that he would deal with the matter comprehensively when the time is right.

Jordaan was speaking during on a breakfast show on local radio station, Algoa FM - which is the first time he has publicly commented on the matter.

"When the time comes, I will deal with this matter in a comprehensive way and then look at those who really tried to tarnish my name and my reputation.

"This thing has angered me, and when you are angry the best thing is to protect yourself and be quiet. So, the will come when I will be able to deal with this matter," he said.

"But now, I must be focussed and not be distracted from the urgent task of rebuilding the Metro - and that is what I will do."

Jordaan told the show that the alleged bribery happened in Zurich and not in South Africa, adding that his name has never appeared in the actual FIFA indictment document from the US.

He also challenged anyone with hard proof of his involvment in the FIFA scandal, that has somewhat tarnished the country's successful hosting of Africa's first-ever World Cup in 2010, to come forward.

While the DA in the Metro has sought to downplay his anti-corruption crusade at City Hall, Jordaan said that the corruption that happened in the Metro was beyond just one party - arguing that the DA must stop pretending that it is the African National Congress' (ANC) fault since they were also in the council all along and never did anything.

On Monday, DA Eastern Cape leader and the party's Mayoral candidate for the Nelson Mandela Bay in the upcoming 2016 Local Government Elections, Athol Trollip, said in a statement that the recent suspension of about 17 municipal officials by Jordaan does not "restore service, they just make good headlines".

"A government that is actually committed to fighting corruption will show us the relevant charge sheets and will tell us when prosecution will take place.

"Instead, we are left to guess what might happen to people like Roland Williams and Mpilo Mbambisa, who just slip below the radar, while on full pay. Williams and Mbambisa remain cared for, while the Metro doesn't care for its residents," Trollip argued.

However, Jordaan said he is fighting corruption not from as an ANC scourge, but as an issue that has affected the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality as an institution.