JOHANNESBURG – Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor Danny Jordaan says he is being attacked personally by his political rivals, because the opposition has no clear plan to run the metro.
In an exclusive interview with Eyewitness News, Jordaan says he believes the African National Congress (ANC) will remain in power because of its track record of delivering services.
But the Democratic Alliance (DA)’s mayoral candidate, Athol Trollip, has been campaigning in Port Elizabeth townships and is confident the DA can take nelson Mandela Bay.
Jordaan argues the DA will not be able to improve the city the way the ANC has done over the past year.
“Do you have a better plan to generate and build the economy of this metro? No. Will you get the better credit ratings in the metro? No. Will you attract more foreign investments in the metro? No.”
But Trollip says Jordaan must still answer bribery allegations around the 2010 Fifa World Cup and doesn’t have the credibility to keep governing.
Jordaan has dismissed claims that he was involved in any fraud or corruption while securing South Africa’s World Cup bid.
He has remained mostly silent about the allegations swirling around the 2010 World Cup bid, but he’s now told EWN it was Nelson Mandela who helped South Africa clinch the tournament, not bribery.
He says he’s being defamed.
Nelson Mandela Bay looks set to be one of the most fiercely contested metros in the upcoming elections, but Jordaan says he’s confident the ANC will retain it.
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(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)