Reports: Jordaan to announce resignation from NMB council
It’s been reported that Jordaan missed three sittings in the municipal council since the DA took over.
CAPE TOWN - Former mayor and leader of the opposition in Nelson Mandela Bay, Danny Jordaan, is to announce his resignation from council this afternoon.
According to reports, Jordaan has missed all three sittings of the new municipal council after the Democratic Alliance took power in the local government elections in august.
African National Congress (ANC) regional spokesperson, Gift Ngqondi offered little detail around the announcement.
"Comrade Danny Jordaan will be announcing his resignation as the councillor, in the Nelson Mandela Bay, representing the ANC. All further details will be outlined in the press conference at 14:30pm."
The Nelson Mandela Bay municipality says removing Jordaan has been in the pipe-line before his resignation today.
The municipality's Kristoff Adelbert says his resignation is 'something that needed to take place'.
"Any councillor who misses three consecutive council meetings must be removed from office as a councillor. So, we were having to consider removing councillor Jordaan in terms of the Municipal Systems Act.
JORDAAN'S SHORT STINT AS MAYOR
The ANC deployed Jordaan to take over the ailing municipality last year from his predecessor Ben Fihla.
Jordaan's focus had been on restoring the metro's financial health and stability.
He was heavily criticised by his political rival, Athol Trollip, for slashing the municipality's R123 million infrastructure maintenance budget, and for backing the appointment of Linda Mti as the city's head of safety.
Mti has a drunk driving conviction and is allegedly linked to fraudulently awarded tenders at the Correctional Services department.
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Additional reporting by Rahima Essop