Ramokgopa touted as Mmemezi’s replacement

2012-07-11 16:03
Sputla Ramokgopa. Picture: Theana Breugem

Sputla Ramokgopa. Picture: Theana Breugem

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Johannesburg - ANC Tshwane regional chairperson and Mayor Sputla Ramokgopa has become the frontrunner to replace disgraced former Gauteng housing MEC Humphrey Mmemezi.

Mmemezi quit on Wednesday following allegations of the misuse of government funds, including that he had bought a R10 000 painting from McDonald’s with his government credit card.

According to three well-placed sources within the ANC in Tshwane, various informal discussions have taken place “for a while” about who would be deployed in Mmemezi’s position.

But City Press understands that the ANC Youth League in the Tshwane region has been resisting attempts to redeploy Ramokgopa to a senior position since former deputy minister for economic development Enoch Godongwana resigned earlier this year.

Ramokgopa was initially touted as a possible replacement for Godongwana.

Rumours that Ramokgopa would be promoted to the Gauteng legislature have been circulating since Mmemezi’s troubles began with explosive revelations of his alleged abuse of his office.

According to an ANC branch leader close to the talks about Ramokgopa’s future, ANC members expressed concern that Ramokgopa’s removal may create uncertainty within the council corridors as a new mayor would have to be sworn in.

“People don’t want him to move, period. He [Ramokgopa] is adding value here in the city and we would have to start over again when the new mayor comes in once Ramokgopa goes,” said the source.

An ANC Youth League leader in Tshwane said the reason the league was against Ramokgopa’s possible redeployment was that a new mayor would not be as young as Ramokgopa, who is 37.

“He is young and we want him to stay. He represents what we mean about a generational mix in leadership positions. Tshwane may not get a young person like him if he is deployed elsewhere,” said the youth league member.

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