CAPE TOWN – The African National Congress (ANC) says there will be a number of changes in the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality following the appointment of South African Football Association (Safa) president Danny Jordaan as mayor.
ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa says this will include changes to the mayoral committee while some directorates will be restructured.
The ruling party made the announcement earlier this afternoon and the move is thought to strengthen the party in the Eastern Cape ahead of the 2016 Local Government elections.
Jordaan returns to his political roots when he takes up the position as mayor.
The current Safa president has been involved in football on a national and global level since the late 1990s.
The new mayor has held the position of Safa president since he was elected to in 2013.
He’s been involved with football, since serving as Safa CEO in 1997 and joining the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (Fifa) ranks in 1998.
The Port Elizabeth born teacher, politician and administrator is an internationally recognisable figure in the football world, having led South Africa’s bid to host and organise the 2010 Soccer World Cup.
But Jordaan was also involved in the struggle against apartheid as a member of South African Students’ Organisation, the United Democratic Front and the ANC.
He served as a Member of Parliament between 1994 and 1997.
Meanwhile, with the ANC having announced Jordaan will take over as mayor, Eyewitness News understands outgoing mayor Nkosinathi Fihla has not yet resigned.
This means the Safa president will not be taking up office in Port Elizabeth immediately.
Fihla, aged 82, was elected into office in March 2013.
Kodwa says there are several statutory processes to be followed before Jordaan officially becomes mayor.
“Firstly, the current mayor must resign maybe today or tomorrow. Secondly as he does that, we must register Danny Jordaan to the IEC so that he can be the councillor of the ANC. Following that, there must be a regular meeting of the council that will then manage him officially.”
(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)