Danny Jordaan's lawyering up shows he's a case to answer - DA

Phumzile Van Damme says ANC PE Mayoral Candidate has not been forthcoming over FIFA bribery reports

Danny Jordaan’s hiring of top lawyers confirms he has a serious corruption case to answer

03 August 2016

News24 exposé has revealed that ANC Mayoral Candidate for Nelson Mandela Bay, Danny Jordaan, has hired top lawyers to defend himself in a corruption probe undertaken by the FBI. This probe was initiated following the confirmation that South African officials were involved in paying a $10 million bribe to secure the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

To date, Danny Jordaan has denied his involvement in this corruption scandal, despite a letter, dated 10 December 2007, proving that he directly authorised and signed off this payment. 

Danny Jordaan has not been forthcoming in this regard. It is now crystal clear that he does have a corruption case against him, and he has been misleading the South African public in general, and the people of Nelson Mandela Bay in particular. 

The DA demands that Danny Jordaan now makes an urgent public statement before tomorrow’s election, where he is a candidate, and finally tell the truth about his involvement in this horrendous corruption scandal. 

The people of Nelson Mandela Bay, who have faced endless corruption and high unemployment under previous ANC administrations, do not deserve 5 more years of being kept in the dark. 

My colleague, Solly Malatsi MP, will now also demand an update from the South African Police Service into their own investigation into the matter. This follows the DA’s laying of criminal charges against Danny Jordaan, given the prima facie evidence which existed in the public domain. Despite these charges being laid last year, no action has been forthcoming. SAPS must now act and fully cooperate with international investigations. 

These elections will be the most important since 1994. South Africans face a critical choice: more dishonesty, corruption and joblessness under the ANC; or radical change that will create jobs, deliver better services and stop corruption, under an honest DA government. 

This latest information proves that this choice has never been any more important. Tomorrow, we urge South Africans across South Africa, from Nelson Mandela Bay to Tshwane, to vote for this positive change that will move our country forward again. 

Statement issued by Phumzile Van Damme MP, DA National Spokesperson, 3 August 2016