On Monday, to general astonishment but in a not entirely surprising move, the ANC said it was going to install Danny Jordaan as the new mayor of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro Municipality.
To some, it was expected, as there has been chaos within that municipality for years. To others, it was a complete shock how can a sports administrator run a city? But the real question has got nothing to do with that. The real question is, can Jordaan help the ANC to retain the city in next year’s local government elections?
The battle for the Nelson Mandela Bay could be a watershed in our politics. It would be the first time the ANC has lost a metro that it actually won in a straight election.
Those with long memories would remember that while it did control Cape Town at one point, that was through an alliance with something called the New National Party and the now banished evil known as floor-crossing. There will be those who suggest the real battle will be in Gauteng, where the City of Joburg, Tshwane and possibly Ekhuruleni could also fall. Perhaps. But if the Nelson Mandela Metro doesn’t fall,…
Source : Daily Maverick