‘If Jordaan implicated in Fifa scandal, he must step down’

The DA and Cope will be watching whether new mayor Danny Jordaan is part of Fifagate.

FILE: Safa President Danny Jordaan. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Opposition parties in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality said if newly-elected mayor Danny Jordaan is implicated in the Fifa corruption scandal, he will have to step down.

Jordaan, who is South African Football Association (SAFA) president, was sworn in as the Port Elizabeth Council's mayor on Thursday just a day after US authorities revealed that bribes were paid to secure the hosting of the 2010 World Cup event in South Africa.

He headed the 2010 World Cup local organising committee and the municipality has warned against jumping the gun about Jordaan's involvement.

But the Democratic Alliance (DA's) Retief Odendaal said Jordaan will have to fall on the sword if he is implicated.

Cope's Dennis Bloem echoed the same sentiments.

"If things get out that Danny was involved, then it will be a problem for the African National Congress (ANC) to solve because they have put him as the mayor and not the people of the Nelson Mandela Bay."

Barely a few hours into his new job as Mayor and Jordaan announced municipality officials would have to cut down on costs.

"There will need to be many cost cutting measures on non-core expenditures."

He added that municipal managers would also have to limit their trips overseas and look to cut costs by implementing measures to divert the funds where they were needed most.

Jordaan promised sweeping changes, talking tough on corruption, saying everything possible would be done to accelerate service delivery efforts in the metro.