The ANC in Nelson Mandela Bay will today announce the resignation of its party leader in Nelson Mandela Bay council, former mayor Danny Jordaan.
As announced by local radio station Algoa FM, the formal announcement will be made at an ANC press conference on Monday at 2.30pm.
Jordaan lost Nelson Mandela Bay mayoral seat to DA Athol Trollip at the municipal elections. However, he retains his position as the President of the SA Football Association (Safa).
ANC RTT Defends Former Mayor Danny Jordaan
The ANC Regional Task Team (RTT) confirmed that he was elected as ANC council leader and official opposition leader on August 24 following the party’s defeat in the bay.
“He is our tried and tested leader. We don’t just select people; we select people on the basis of what they possess,” Nelson Mandela Bay’s ANC RTT convener boasted at that time.
DA leader Mmusi Maimane had predicted his resignation during a post-election campaign rally. Mmusi, at that time, told his supporters that Jordaan will abandon the metro for Safa if the DA wins in the bay.
Prior to his resignation, the municipality had held three council meetings in the now DA-led municipality. But Jordaan was absent from all of them.
When Jordaan was first deployed as ANC mayor, ANC residents in the expressed concerned that he would be an absent official; because of his responsibilities as Safa President.
Afterward, a group which called themselves “the 48 branches of the Nelson Mandela Bay ANC” also demanded that Jordaan’s presence at the Bay council. They also insisted at that time that he must be present in council to revamp and restore the dignity of the defeated party.
In response to these concerns, former mayor Danny Jordaan gave assurances that his Safa role would not stand in the way of his serving Bay residents.
However, it’s apparent that what ANC residents in NBM had dreaded most has happened now.