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REPORT: Jordaan fires back at Trollip’s service delivery debate challenge

REPORT: Jordaan fires back at Trollip’s service delivery debate challenge

Nelson Mandela Bay Executive Mayor Danny Jordaan has reportedly hit back at Democratic Alliance (DA) Eastern Cape leader Athol Trollip’s remarks that he is “scared” to take part in a debate on service delivery in the Metro.

According to Eyewitness News, Jordaan’s spokesperson Mlungisi Ncame said there is nothing suspicious about the mayor withdrawing from a scheduled television debate later this week, as he never confirmed his involvement.

In a statement on Monday, Trollip stated that Jordaan’s sudden pull-out from another “important event” has become a worrying trend that continues to raise speculation as to whether he has something to hide.

“Broken promises are piling up under Mayor Jordaan's leadership and he is hiding from accountability,” Trollip said.

“As such, my offer to Mayor Jordaan remains; let’s debate service delivery and the fight against corruption. Let's give the people the opportunity to decide who they want to be their Mayor by holding a public debate”.

Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister David van Rooyen, has however praised the Metro for making considerable progress under Jordaan’s leadership, saying the area has also become “more cleaner” than before.

“The finances of the Metro have stabilised and the municipality is now in a position to accelerate service delivery. The city has moved from a deficit position in the previous financial year to a catch positive position in excess of R1-billion,” ANA quoted van Rooyen as saying during a media briefing at City Hall on Monday.

He however expressed concern at the number of fraud cases currently being investigated, including the stalled forensic enquiry into the R2-billion Integrated Public Transport System (IPTS).