South African politician and football administrator Danny Jordaan said that he has resigned from his position as leader of the African National Congress in Nelson Mandela Bay following the party’s shock defeat in the recent municipal elections.
Jordaan, who is widely credited with securing South Africa the rights to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup, was viewed as a political trump card in his home town where he enjoys widespread support. The former ANC MP worked tirelessly to save the region from falling into opposition hands.
However, he was upstaged by Atholl Trollip, a white farmer-turned-politician who was appointed as mayor of the metropolitan district.
Trollip’s Democratic Alliance won 47 percent of the vote against the ANC’s 41 percent in the Nelson Mandela Bay (formerly Port Elizabeth). The victory signalled a dramatic shift in a society that has demonstrated its frustration with poor governance and corruption.
Nelson Mandela Bay region ANC head of communications, Gift Ngqondi, confirmed the resignation. The ANC’s local leadership told a news conference that its deputy party leader Bicks Ndoni would replace Jordaan.
Following the 2015 FIFA corruption case, Jordaan admitted to paying US$10 Million to a football body led by former FIFA Vice President Jack Warner in 2008, but denied that it was a bribe for hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The FBI is still investigating Jordaan’s role in the scandal.