Jor­daan takes a dig at his DA op­po­nent over sale of farm

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Danny Jor­daan (pic­tured), who has had his op­po­nent DA may­oral can­di­date Athol Trol­lip breath­ing down his neck since the ANC brought him in last year as the re­place­ment mayor in the Nel­son Man­dela Bay Metro, has fi­nally plucked up the courage to throw dust in Trol­lip’s eyes.

Jor­daan was in cam­paign mode in King Wil­liam’s Town this week, where he was in­tro­duced on Thurs­day along with seven other may­oral can­di­dates of the gov­ern­ing party in “strate­gic mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties” in the East­ern Cape.

He laughed at Trol­lip for sell­ing his fam­ily farm, Mount Prospect in Bed­ford, in 2005, claim­ing it was in­dica­tive of some­one’s sheer lack of ca­pac­ity to even man­age a farm and yet dream­ing of run­ning a metro.

“Some may­oral can­di­date ran a farm and had to sell it ... he couldn’t run a farm. For­tu­nately, if you can’t run a metro, you can’t sell it. We have a bud­get of R11 bil­lion. So you must ask the ques­tion: what is the size of the bud­get that you have man­aged?” he quipped.

He ques­tioned Trol­lip’s man­age­ment skills and also ac­cused his party of vot­ing against his pro-poor bud­get be­cause the DA “would have pre­ferred a pro-rich ad­min­is­tra­tion”.

Trol­lip de­fended his de­ci­sion to sell the farm, say­ing Jor­daan knew noth­ing about farm­ing and should not be ex­press­ing any views in pub­lic.

“We will see on Au­gust 4 what the vot­ers say,” Trol­lip re­torted.

He was re­fer­ring to the day the local gov­ern­ment elec­tion re­sults will be an­nounced.

– Luba­balo Ngcukana

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