Against the backdrop of incompetence making the rounds, the ANC says former mayor Danny Jordaan’s premature resignation and special redeployment was effected to allow the mayor focus on winning the provincial elections come 2019.
Jordaan’s resignation as ANC Nelson Mandela Bay opposition leader was announced on Monday; at a media briefing, held at Florence Matomela House.
The mayor, who is also Safa president was appointed as the Bay’s mayor by President Zuma in May 2015; in an attempt to bring an end to political infighting in the region; and secure the northern areas’ vote ahead of the local government election.
However, under his nose, the traditional ANC base lost its mayoral seat to DA Athol Trollip at the August 3 municipal elections.
Shedding more light on the matter, ANC regional task team co-ordinator Beza Ntshona said Jordaan is expected to play a significant role in winning back the now DA-led municipality; specifically in the northern areas.
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“It is not a demotion. [We] have emerged with greater unity of purpose, and a single-minded determination to achieve a 70% victory in the forthcoming 2019 elections here in the metro,” said Ntshona.
He disclosed that former deputy mayor and current deputy leader of the opposition Bicks Ndoni would be taking Jordaan’s place as party leader in the metro.
Meanwhile, the ANC say other former mayors will not follow former mayor Danny Jordaan’s lead; and resign as councillors in metros the ANC lost during the municipal elections.
ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa, however, admitted that the party won’t hesitate to replace ANC leaders in the opposition benches in municipalities; who wish to resign also should such leaders present valid reasons for their resignation.
“There are many leaders who can lead like you saw in Cape Town; Marius Fransman is no longer the leader of the opposition. There are other members; who are leading the ANC there,” he told reporters.
ANC Marius Fransman recently stepped down as Western Cape leader; following a long-running court action against him. He was allegedly accused of sexually harassing his personal assistant earlier this year.