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18 May 2015 16:20
Danny Jordaan (right) and President Jacob Zuma. (Gallo)
The ANC announced on Monday afternoon that soccer boss Danny Jordaan has
been appointed as mayor of the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality.
The South African Football Association president will replace 83 year-old
Ben Fihla who was accused by some local ANC leaders as being too old to
effectively engage with communities.
The Mail & Guardian
reported two weeks ago that the ANC was looking to Jordaan to help the party
revive its fortunes and retain the fiercely contested Nelson Mandela Bay metropolitan
The deputy mayor of the municipality is Bicks Ndoni, who was the former
The ANC—led by deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa and with ANC secretary
general Gwede Mantashe—made the announcement following a meeting with Nelson
Mandela community leaders on Monday.
President Jacob Zuma held a meeting two weeks ago with the party’s regional
leaders in Port Elizabeth to discuss a strategy to retain control of the troubled
Jordaan is not a new face to the ANC in Port Elizabeth and was party
chair in the city before serving as its MP between 1994 and 1997. He founded the Port
Elizabeth North Civic Organisation in the 1980s.
He is also known worldwide for
his role in organising the World Cup in 2010.
The ANC’s national working committee report to the national
executive committee meeting last November admitted the Nelson Mandela region was “faced
with serious challenges and the threat of the opposition gaining ground.
Suka will replace Joy Seale as the new chief whip.
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