Retief Odendaal

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Retief Odendaal
Councillor Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality
In office
26 April 2009 – 17 August 2016
Leader of the Opposition in Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality
In office
24 February 2014 – 27 August 2016
Mayoral Committee Member for Finance in Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality
In office
18 August 2016 – 27 August 2016
Member of Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature
Assumed office
8 May 2019
Member of Democratic Alliance Federal Council
Assumed office
Personal details
Born (1982-05-28) 28 May 1982 (age 41)
Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa
CitizenshipSouth Africa
NationalitySouth African
Political partyDemocratic Alliance
Anne-Marie Potgieter (m. 2010)

Retief Odendaal (born 28 May 1982) is a South African politician for the Democratic Alliance (DA). He is a Member of the Provincial Legislature in the Eastern Cape for the DA and is the current Shadow Member of Executive Council (MEC) for Finance, Rural Development and Agrarian Reform.

Early Life and Education

Retief was born in the coastal city of Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, he attended Hoërskool Otto Du Plessis. He furthered his studies at Nelson Mandela University from 2001 to 2005. He obtained an LLB degree and did his articles at Delport, van Niekerk Attorneys. He is a practising attorney in Nelson Mandela Bay and a politician.

Political career

Retief Odendaal joined the DA in 2004. He is a founding member of the DA Youth in Nelson Mandela Bay which was founded in 2004. He became the Ward 6 Councillor in Nelson Mandela Bay in 2009 and served as the councillor until the 2016 South African municipal elections. Retief was also the leader of the opposition in Nelson Mandela Bay from 2014 to 2016. In 2016 when the DA became the majority party in Nelson Mandela Bay[1] he was chosen by then-mayor Athol Trollip to serve as a Mayoral Committee Member (MMC) for Finance in Nelson Mandela Bay.[2] He served in that position until the DA was ousted in 2018 by the ANC and their coalition partners on the 27th August 2018.[3][4][5]

Retief has been a member of the Democratic Alliance Federal Council since 2014 and was also elected as the chairperson of the Provincial Disciplinary Committee for the DA in the Eastern Cape. He also served as the deputy chairperson of the DA in the Eastern Cape from 2017 to 2019.

After the 2019 South African general election he was elected as a Member of the Provincial Legislature for the DA in the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature. Shortly after the election, he was made the Shadow MEC for Finance, Rural Development and Agrarian Reform.[6] He still serves in this capacity for the DA in Eastern Cape. Government of the Eastern Cape to light.

Uncovered under his tenure

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality receives R200m cash boost from National Treasury (2019)

The National Treasury (South Africa) rewarded the metro with R200 Million windfall money. The money was given to the metro for their good spending performance for 2017-2018 financial year. This was due to Retief and the DA coalition government spending 96% of their urban settlements development grants. The additional R200 million from National Treasury is money that was taken away by other municipalities or government departments who could not spend their allocated funds within the required timeframe.[7]

Drought Disaster in the Eastern Cape (2019)

There was a serious drought disaster in the Eastern Cape in 2019. The province was experiencing one of the most disastrous droughts on record, with more than four years of low to little rainfall. The Premier made a commitment that he would declare the area a disaster zone but this didn't materialize fast enough. Due to questions asked by Retief in his oversight roles as the MEC for Finance, Rural Development and Agrarian Reform the government decided to declare the Eastern Cape a disaster area.[8][9][10][11]

Mismanagement in the Eastern Cape by Provincial Government (2020)

The most shocking of information that leaked during Retief's tenure was that possible Human Right Violations were taking place in the Eastern Cape by the provincial government as municipalities failed to provide water. The South African Human Rights Commission requested a formal investigation with regards to water and sanitation services provided to three local towns in the Eastern Cape. This investigation found 'prima facie violation' of the residents human rights. This is but the latest twist in the two decades of efforts by residents to stop the collapse of service delivery in these towns.[12]

Personal Life

Retief is a fluent speaker of Afrikaans and English. He has three children. Retief married Anne-Marie Potgieter on 24 September 2010 in Port Elizabeth.


  1. "DA locks down Nelson Mandela Bay with multi-party coalition". News24. 17 Aug 2016.
  2. "Meet Trollip's A-team". News24. 7 Sep 2016.
  3. "Turncoat DA councilor hands ANC-coalition control of Nelson Mandela Bay Metro". Biznews. 28 Aug 2018.
  4. "Athol Trollip ousted as Nelson Mandela mayor". BusinessLive. 27 Aug 2018.
  5. "Bobani in, Trollip out after Nelson Mandela Bay motion of no confidence succeeds". News24. 27 Aug 2018.
  6. "People's Assembly - Retief Odendaal". PeoplesAssembly.
  7. "Bay gets R200m windfall boost from Treasury". TheHerald. 25 Mar 2019.
  8. "DA calls on premier to declare drought disaster". TheHerald. 22 Oct 2019.
  9. "Eastern Cape drought: DA calls on Ramaphosa to help farmers". TheSouthAfrican. 2 Oct 2019.
  11. "Eastern Cape government finally declares province a disaster area". DailyMaverick. 16 Oct 2019.
  12. "Human Rights commission to probe violations as Eastern Cape municipalities fail to provide water". DailyMaverick. 16 Aug 2020.

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