The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) is helping the DA by calling on the newly-appointed Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Danny Jordaan to resign from his SA Football Association presidency.
The opposition party says serving both as mayor under the ruling ANC as well as the football association’s president will affect Jordaan’s “impartiality”.
The EFF logic is not clear as Jordaan has always been openly ANC.
”Jordaan must resign from the association since he has chosen active politics and life as an ANC politician. At the helm of SAFA there must be a person that all the supporters of Bafana Bafana, Banyana Banyana, and the rest of national soccer teams can associate with regardless of which political parties they belong to,” said spokesman Mbuyiseni Ndlozi in a statement on Monday.
The ANC announced on Monday that Jordaan would replace 83-year-old former MP Benson Fihla in the troubled Nelson Mandela Bay.
Opposition parties such as the EFF and the Democratic Alliance (DA) have made inroads into Port Elizabeth as the 2016 local government elections draws nearer. DA Eastern Cape leader Athol Trollip has been confirmed as the opposition’s mayoral candidate for the metro.
In the national elections in 2014, the ANC received 48.8 percent of the votes with the DA closing in on it with 40.8 percent.
The DA is furious that Jordaan, a Coloured, will take away the ethnic Coloured vote that they counted on to win the metro.