Credit cards for MECs under scrutiny

2012-08-07 15:40
Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane (File, Sapa)

Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane (File, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - It is inappropriate to suggest that credit cards for Gauteng MECs be scrapped, Premier Nomvula Mokonyane said on Tuesday.

She told the legislature her office was reviewing benefits, which included credit cards.

"Having a credit card is optional... It is inappropriate at this stage to say let's do away with them."

Mokonyane asked that the province be given the opportunity to assess the benefits.

She was responding to a question by Democratic Alliance MPL Jack Bloom.

"Even Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan does not use a credit card. Would you consider voluntarily doing away with credit cards in your provincial government?" Bloom asked.

Former local government and housing MEC Humphrey Mmemezi resigned recently after allegations that he had misused his government credit card.

Bloom told the legislature that Education MEC Barbara Creecy and Transport MEC Ismail Vadi were the only two MECs who did not use credit cards.

He asked Mokonyane if she would give up her credit card.

She promptly replied: "No, I won't."
- SAPA

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