Danny Jordaan does not have to resign from his job at the South African Football Association (Safa) following his appointment as Nelson Mandela Bay mayor, as his position is a non-executive one, a Safa spokesperson said.
“The president of rugby is not employed by rugby, the president of cricket is not employed by cricket, the presidents of all other associations across the globe are not employed by the associations,” Safa spokesperson Dominique Chimhavi told News24 on Tuesday.
“It’s a norm globally that an association president is employed somewhere else.”
The ANC announced on Monday that it was replacing 83-year-old Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Benson Fihla with Jordaan, who is the president of Safa.
Jordaan’s appointment was one of three changes made in the top municipal leadership.
Deputy Mayor Chippa Ngcolomba makes way for former deputy mayor Bicks Ndoni, while Chief Whip Joy Searle, makes way for Litha Suka. Current Speaker Maria Hermans, keeps her position.
Bicks Ndoni was ousted in a 2013 reshuffle when him and then Executive Mayor Zanoxolo were removed and replaced with Ben Fihla and Chippa Ngcolomba.
Fourth mayor in six years
His appointment will make him the fourth mayor in six years in a municipality whose ANC-led leadership has been mired by political instability and factional infighting.
The Democratic Alliance, in response to the appointment, called it a pre-election gimmick.
The Economic Freedom Fighters have called for Jordaan to resign from Safa.
However, Chimhavi explained that because Jordaan’s position was a non-executive one, he was not being paid by Safa.
“He is just a non-executive, it’s not full time. He does not get a single cent from Safa,” Chimhavi said.
“People need to earn a living. There is no contradiction at all, he doesn’t earn a salary at Safa. You know, if anything, he’s losing a lot of his money by spending most of his time at Safa.”
He said Safa would not descend into crisis now that Jordaan was a mayor.