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Mokonyane accepts Mmemezi's resignation

2012-07-11 21:00

Johannesburg - Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane accepted housing MEC Humphrey Mmemezi's letter of resignation on Wednesday.

"Upon receipt of the letter of resignation, taking into account the due processes that unfolded, the premier decided to accept the resignation," her spokesperson Xoli Mngambi said in a statement.

Infrastructure Development MEC Bheki Nkosi was appointed with immediate effect to manage the Gauteng local development and housing department in the interim.

"The premier wishes to acknowledge the contribution Mr Mmemezi has made in providing leadership in the sectors [in which] he was deployed and wish him well in his future endeavours," Mngambi said.

Announcing his resignation on Wednesday, Mmemezi said it was the right thing to do, even though he had paid back the personal purchases made on the credit card.

This was verified by provincial housing spokesperson Motsamai Motlhaolwa.

Legal action

"These purchases were an error of judgement on my part, for [which] I take full responsibility and would want to apologise profusely to the people of Gauteng," Mmemezi said.

He denied other allegations against him and said he would take legal action regarding these.

The Congress of the People welcomed Mmemezi's apology and his "not unexpected" resignation.

Gauteng caucus leader Ndzipho Kalipa said: "It should be noted that by resigning and agreeing to pay back... all the money used for inappropriate personal expenditure, he accepted that his judgement was a bit tainted when he lavishly swiped the government credit card."

The Democratic Alliance in Gauteng welcomed Mmemezi's resignation.

"It took 50 days of media exposure of his questionable actions before he resigned, after vigorously protesting his complete innocence," said Jack Bloom, DA Gauteng caucus leader.

"We do not believe that he has come clean on all his misdeeds, and he should not be let off the hook just because he has resigned after pressure," said Bloom.

Doubt

The DA doubted that he had fully refunded his personal purchases on his government credit card before it came into the public domain, as Mmemezi claimed in the statement announcing his resignation.

"We suspect that the refund only happened after DA MPL Fred Nel asked official questions in the legislature about his credit card spending."

Questions remained about his accident in KwaZulu-Natal that led to his damaged official vehicle being auctioned at a loss to the state and a proper investigation was also needed into the serious allegations made about him when he worked at the Mogale City municipality, the DA said.

The Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) said his resignation should set a precedent for others.

"We note that Comrade Mmemezi strenuously denies some of the allegations, but has conceded that others, particularly those relating to the misuse of the credit card, are valid," said Cosatu spokesperson Patrick Craven.

"He is therefore to be congratulated on his honourable decision to resign and to refund government for the improper expenditure."

Craven said it was unacceptable for public representatives to continue holding positions in the government while facing investigation or criminal prosecution, and even mobilise demonstrations of support outside the courts where they were standing trial.

Craven said Mmemezi's defence relating to his understanding of the use of the card supported Cosatu's call for a review of the Ministerial Handbook. It needed to unambiguously spell out rules for the use of public money.

Comments
  • zimbobwe.mugabe - 2012-07-11 21:26

    This mini skirt drama quuen Mokonyane shuold leave as well. She must be booted out of government and get someone competent but who from this anc cadres???

      farmfreund - 2012-07-11 21:39

      respect for the way he handled the whole affair,

  • themba.thwala.98 - 2012-07-11 21:36

    He could have resisted and dug his heels in like other “cadres” who seem to believe that public office entitles them to deep their paws into public funds anytime and for anything that they fancy and that no consequences should follow. Unlike others, whatever is left of his conscience has move him to the honourable thing and vacate public office. He must just pay back all the funds that he misused, and have his day in court for any wrongdoing

  • thabang.maleka.35 - 2012-07-11 22:00

    Why accepted his resignation, why not fire him instead.

      scouter.fourone - 2012-07-11 22:22

      Neither option - rather prosecute him and put him behind bars. Sorry, but I am a bit old fashioned in my views about criminal activity.....

  • ThaboShakuNews24 - 2012-07-11 22:09

    Jack Bloem next?

  • Stephen Radebe - 2012-07-11 22:10

    He was delaying while negotiating a nice redeployment in the background. The anc never really puts anyone out in the cold (except malema). he will just be \demoted\ to a R50 000 monthly salary job somewhere else. Susan Shabangu of all corrupt leases is now an mp.

      keith.ngobeni - 2012-07-11 23:33

      You're 2000% right Stephen there's no way he can just go without any productive dodgy deals behind close doors, probably he will be deployed as a south African ambassador to some south American countries, what Humphrey did it's a drop in the ocean from ANC's point of view.

  • Aubrey - 2012-07-11 22:10

    I wish clueless Zuma and his useless comrades should also resign and go to hell cause there are criminals.

  • Stephen Radebe - 2012-07-11 22:11

    He was delaying while negotiating a nice redeployment in the background. The anc never really puts anyone out in the cold (except malema). he will just be \demoted\ to a R50 000 monthly salary job somewhere else. Susan Shabangu of all corrupt leases is now an mp.

  • ditoare.gypsy - 2012-07-11 22:18

    How many days he was out of the country in those 50days?

  • ditoare.gypsy - 2012-07-11 22:36

    Bheki Nkosi was appointed with immediate effect, there is a lot where this come from, fire other one will replace with other one tomorow, other one resign now and be replaced in 30minutes

  • maokeng.mankge - 2012-07-12 05:24

    Away with ANC>arrogant,Nepotism>Corruption

  • lerato.kay.3 - 2012-07-12 06:07

    Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane is one of the politicians doing a great job in SA. Running a province that accounts for 33% of SA's GDP and about 8% of Africa's GDP! Good job, I like your no nonsense approach

      bpmmemezi - 2012-09-03 14:33

      lol really???? you should ask your self why he wanted to fire Mmemezi, where theres fire, theres smoke. i wish her well thou

  • Michael Kleber - 2012-07-12 06:34

    That is always the excuse i was not sure about the rules of this or that , but they hold these high powered positions dealing with millions and then help themselves to some money then plead ignorance Majola did it , Travelgate and now Mmemezi we all grew up knowing that you cant take something that does not belong to you and when they do leave then they are praised for their wonderful contribution , but if Mmemezi did pay back the money as he claims and all the other accusations are all lies why resign , if he is innocent stay and fight it , thats the only way to prove ur innocents unless of course that its not lies .

  • sello.k.motaung - 2012-07-12 06:35

    Even if he resin , he must chrg for usng , he thnk he is to clever dan other, hope n blvd premier she chrg him , we wmt zero tolarance soth africa

  • sello.k.motaung - 2012-07-12 06:47

    Resignation of nie resignation he mst b chrg, anyway thnks 4 de game u thnk u play wth our mind (mmemezi)hear we are plyng a game of skop die ball, learn to respect other people n stop to usd ur position to attack other people, watever u dd @ ratanda ur stil going to pay for it, nw u cn go n join malema @ limpopo game reserved park, Mr Bheki Nkosi I knw u we'll u wil never let the people of Gauteng down good luck comrade.As ex MEC of housing grow up ntate, u should guide us dan killng us,

  • Mark McDonogh - 2012-07-12 07:35

    Political change can come at the next election if as many as are willing will vote for any opposition party. It is so obvious that the ANC is totally corrupt in all it's actions and those who now vote corruption in at the next election not only deserve what they are not going to get but are also personally responsible for the actions of the people they vote in for them to commit the crimes that they so easily and willingly commit. Spread the news! Encourage as many as possible to vote for any opposition party. At least you can then have a clear conscience of not being party to national criminalist.

  • pierre.dupreez.58 - 2012-07-12 09:37

    A N C = African National CLEPTOCRACY!

  • warren.mudge.5 - 2012-07-12 09:46

    How does a person of his age just assume he was under the impression that he was allowed to use his government issue credit card for personal use, as long as he repays the amount in full. I heard this crazy utterance on a news report yesterday, you either can or cannot, not some hazy inbetween vagueness. What does the handbook say? He and others of his ilk are acting like children with regard to pleading ignorance or should I say innocence. Their maturity in their actions when dealing with public funds is in the least utterly shocking. As adults, we should be able to comprehend as we are taught at an early age to differentiate between wrong or right. If he were working for a corporate this would never be tolerated, his ass would be out the door, no reward. His integrity needs to be investigated but instead he now gets praised for apologising and is rewarded with another posting. The logic beggars belief. We are utterly doomed as a nation and are on the brink of becomming a failed state if this attitude towards cadres is maintained or even tolerated. This government will fail because cadres know that they can get away with anything, an attitude of I am in charge now so I am entitled. Seems like the more you steal and the more you get away with, the more you are held in awe by your supporters, the reason, well it's my turn next.

  • ThaboShakuNews24 - 2012-07-17 00:32

    Surely now, John Block is next!

  • bpmmemezi - 2012-09-03 14:37

    i pray to God that all this lies about Mmemezi soon be cleared as for Baldwin Ndaba nd the premiere of Gp, may he also bless them for reporting nothing but the truth! so they say...what goes around ..comes back around..

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