Announcing its leadership as the new opposition in council yesterday, the ANC said it had picked some of its best to keep incoming Nelson Mandela Bay bosses on their toes.
In what is likely to be a turbulent five-year term, Danny Jordaan will lead the ANC’s caucus and must take on his nemesis, mayor Athol Trollip, to whom he lost the seat of power.
As an opposition leader, Jordaan is also expected to rally his caucus to hold the city’s leadership to account.
Until yesterday it was unclear whether Jordaan would in fact return to council to take on a job other than the mayoral seat he had hoped to retain.
At a media briefing yesterday, ANC regional task team convener Vuyani Limba said Jordaan was a tried and tested leader. “He has all the characteristics to be the leader of the opposition.
“We don’t just select people. We select people on the basis of what they possess and we can confirm that all the comrades have accepted their positions,” Limba said.
He said Jordaan could not be part of the briefing as he had been sent to another assignment by the ANC. Bicks Ndoni is the deputy leader of the opposition, Litho Suka the party whip and Buyelwa Mafaya caucus secretary.
Andile Lungisa, who was earlier this week speculated to be the caucus leader, was instead chosen to be the convener of the political committee. Lungisa will also re p re s e n t the ANC in infrastructure engineering, which is to be headed by the DA’s Annette Lovemore.
The ANC also announced that its leadership representatives in other committees are: Rory Riordan – budget and treasury; Xola Sabani – sport and recreation; Queenie Pink – public health; Buyelwa Mafaya – economic development; Andile Mfunda – human settlements; Itumeleng Ranyele – safety and security; Makhi Feni – human resources; Mbulelo Gidane – ro a d s and transport, and Ncediso Captain –M PA C .
RTT coordinator Beza Ntshona said the team would be assessed every six months. “We are confident that with the calibre of these comrades, we will be a vibrant opposition.
“The ANC is assuming a new responsibility as official opposition. Some of the comrades are coming to the council for the first time and we will assess them from time to time,” Ntshona said.
He said the ANC accepted that it was now the official opposition in the council and was gearing itself to take on unfamiliar territory.
Limba said: “The ANC is the only organisation that has transformed this country. “We are going to fight very hard to continue with our transformation agenda. “Outstanding matters like housing, construction of roads and water leakages . . . we will continue with those projects.”