• Former George Municipality official Keith Jordan is demanding an apology from ANC MPL Cameron Dagmar.
  • This happened after the Western Cape DA Leader Tertuis Simmers Jordan as a possible replacement for Acting Municipal Manager Ian Aventura.
  • Jordaan demands ‘unconditional written apology’.

Former George Municipality CFO Keith Jordan has demanded that Western Cape ANC leader Cameron Dagmar apologize and retract his “blatant nonsense” after he was linked to the Cannaland Municipality post last week.

It comes after Western Cape DA leader Tertuis Simmers touted Jordaan as a possible replacement for acting Canalland municipal manager Ian Aventure. Simmers made the comments during a special council meeting last week.

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Dugmore then accused Simmers of political interference in the appointment of an acting municipal manager in Cannaland.

“It has come to our attention that the DA provincial leader is illegally trying to force the municipality to remove the current acting municipal manager, Ian Aventure, and replace him with discredited former George official Keith Jordan,” he said.

Jordan, the former CFO of the George Municipality, was sacked for mismanagement over an investment in Old Mutual worth almost R300 million. Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane made findings of misconduct and mismanagement against the municipality in relation to the investment.

In a scathing letter sent to Dugmore, Jordan wrote: “How dare you attach my name to the appointment of a prosecutor?”

Jordan’s letter read:

How dare you call me “discredited ex-George official Keith Jordan”?! You clearly do not know all the facts regarding the case of Keith Jordan and the municipality of George. I have been cleared by the NPA (National Prosecuting Authority)… but I don’t have to explain myself to ANC politicians; certainly not the politics of the ANC, which brazenly spews nonsense without verifying its accuracy.

“I noticed that you did not contact me to confirm or deny the DA proposal and I am surprised at your ignorance of normal local government procedure.”

Jordan said he wanted an “unreserved apology in writing,” demanding that Dagmar send it to “every address where your statement was received and I copied it (below). Do it now.”

“Don’t communicate with me. I don’t want to get involved with someone with the morals and mannerisms of a cocky teenager. Just retract your statement, apologize and keep having fun,” Jordan wrote.

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In response to Jordan’s demands, Dagmar said he stood by the media release issued last week.

“Mr Jordan was suspended by the George Municipality for mismanagement and the illegal investment of almost R300 million in Old Mutual. Clear evidence was presented that Jordan knowingly invested millions of municipal funds in Old Mutual, even though it was clearly illegal to do so,” he said. .

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