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Trollip: Jordaan’s call to remove billboard contradicts Minister’s explanation

By Charl Bosch - May 25, 2016
Trollip: Jordaan’s call to remove billboard contradicts Minister’s explanation

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Nelson Mandela Bay has questioned whether the removal of a controversial billboard seemingly mocking both President Jacob Zuma and Executive Mayor Danny Jordaan, was given the go-ahead by the latter, two days before the African National Congress’ manifesto launch on April 18th.

First spotted three days before the event was due to take place, the board, placed on a building in Kemptson Road and displaying the words “Danny Jordaan proudly brought to you by Jacob Zuma” in black on a green and yellow background, originally went unclaimed with the party admitting the next day it was responsible.

Responding to a Parliamentary question submitted by DA Shadow Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Kevin Mileham, Minister David van Rooyen said it is yet to establish who called for the board to be removed, with the party alleging this contradicts an email in its possession, which RNEWS has seen, stating that it was taken down at the request of Jordaan.

In a statement, DA provincial leader, and Metro mayoral candidate Athol Trollip, said van Rooyen’s admission is again evident that Jordaan’s administration is “forced to lie and deceive the citizens over broken promises and poor service delivery”.

“In the last month, Mayor Jordaan has appointed a convicted criminal and alleged billion-rand fraudster to head up the Metro’s safety and security directorate, approved the hiring of convicted criminals and untrained personnel for his fake metro police service, and has now submitted untrue information to a national Minister,” Trollip said.

“Having not delivered on a single promise over the last year, the billboard’s message has now never been truer, with Jordaan following the example of his broken and illegitimate boss, Jacob Zuma,” Trollip said.