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Analyst: Danny Jordaan's appointment won't help the ANC

Analyst Paul Berkowitz says changing the Mayor may not be enough given the ANC's internal problems.

Danny Jordaan.  Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

CAPE TOWN - An independent municipal analyst says he doubts appointing Danny Jordaan as the new Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Mayor will help significantly grow the ANC's support base in that region.

It was announced on Monday that Jordaan will be taking over the reins of the Eastern Cape municipality.

His appointment is seen as an attempt to grow the ANC's support-base in the region, which has been floundering, ahead of next year's local government elections.

But analyst, Paul Berkowitz says changing the Mayor may not be enough.

"His skills are not in doubt but when there is so much internal struggle and factionalism, it might not be enough.

"Looking at his track record, he's got a pedigree within Port Elizabeth, he's been president of ANC branch structure, but he's the teacher not middle worker."

The ANC's Zizi Kodwa says the new leadership is part of the party's plan to reinvigorate service delivery plans and achieve their broader mandate.

"We think that collective will reinvigorate and make sure that we achieve our objective of acceleration of service delivery in this particular part of the world."

Kodwa said this will include changes to the mayoral committee while some directorates will be restructured.

JORDAAN - A MAN WITH MANY HATS

The new mayor has held the position of South African Football Association (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 said 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."