Gauteng leaders 'abusing credit cards'

2013-03-05 11:53

Johannesburg - Gauteng government leaders are abusing their official credit cards, it was reported on Tuesday.

In the past two years, leaders including Premier Nomvula Mokonyane had used them to stay in luxury hotels, eat in expensive restaurants and buy leather products in overseas boutiques, Beeld reported.

The newspaper had brought a high court application to gain access to the Mokonyane's credit card statements under the Promotion of Access to Information Act.

R16 000 for dinner meeting

It reported that, according to the statements, Mokonyane had dined in local and international restaurants, paying up to R16 000 for a single "dinner meeting".

In October 2011, she spent R2 585 at the Salvatore Ferragamo luxury leather goods boutique during a trip to Milan.

Beeld reported that infrastructure development MEC Qedani Mahlangu spent R7 309 at a leather goods boutique in Istanbul.

Finance MEC Mandla Nkomfe reportedly spent more than R160 000 in one year, primarily on entertainment, fuel and car maintenance, even though his annual package includes a car allowance.

The premier earns R1.88m a year, and MECs R1.65m each.

According to the newspaper, the provincial legislature's integrity commissioner Dr Ralph Mgijima recommended in 2012 that the ministerial handbook should be edited to clarify any ambiguity about the use of official credit cards.

"If it were up to me, I would ban all personal purchases on credit cards.... Actually I think it's a good idea to abolish credit cards entirely," he said.

Premier must account for spending - DA

Meanwhile, the DA on Tuesday called for Mokonyane to account for her alleged abuse of state credit cards.

DA Gauteng leader Jack Bloom said Mokonyane should answer to the public about why she used her official credit card to dine at expensive restaurants at taxpayers' expense.

"The DA proposes that all government credit cards be abolished, as is the case in DA-run Western Cape."

He said the DA had repeatedly requested details of credit card expenditure, but had received only vague replies.

  • Phillipa Mill - 2013-03-05 11:57


      Beastley - 2013-03-05 12:12

      Today its corruption using Credit Cards, yesterday it was spending R40 million on a website and tomorrow there will be more. The magnitude of the rot of the ANC has reached devastating levels. They are the lowest of the low, so low they don't even care about the poor that they steal from. SOMETHING MUST BE IN OUR HANDS TO DO TO END ROTTEN, DEAD CORPSE OF A GOVERNMENT

      john.h.viljoen - 2013-03-05 12:12

      took the words out of my mouth

      alan.gernet - 2013-03-05 12:21

      Troll alert....

      alan.gernet - 2013-03-05 12:22

      Do not respond to the Trolly Polly Donkey people ....

      Beastley - 2013-03-05 12:23

      @Poloyatonki - Are you able to comprehend the contents of the article. They are spending your money, should you pay tax. Based on other comments I have seen you make I can safely assume that you appear to be as rotten as the thieves you seem to support.

      Eternity - 2013-03-05 12:23

      @Poloyatonki I hope you are joking. They are a salary just like everyone else. Plus all the other perks like goverment cars etc. And now you are saying we must be OK with them blowing all this money on luxuries??? WTF!

      alan.gernet - 2013-03-05 12:25

      aaww Beastley - the Troll Donkey tries to see how many comments and thumbs down he can collect. Dont bite man! I actually think that TrollyDonkey is a confused whitey.

      SaniGhana - 2013-03-05 12:26

      We know these criminals.we voted for them but these days my heart goes to the opposition

      susan.paul.330 - 2013-03-05 12:29

      Another uneducated one in the house people,Poloy...

      alan.gernet - 2013-03-05 12:31

      PolonyDonkey biltong anyone?

      Beastley - 2013-03-05 12:31

      @ Alan - You could be right, the temptation to point out the moronic nature of his comments was too great to resist. Would be interesting to find out if his/hers existence was real and the views expressed were actually ones he/she holds or if its just a game of dislike collection.

      Eterni80 - 2013-03-05 12:32

      indeed ! but this is not NEW news - when you join the ANC this is compulsory - when in Rome...

      alan.gernet - 2013-03-05 12:37

      whaaah Gavin - according to them .. when in Rome .. go shopping with your Govt. credit card

      amber.rancic - 2013-03-05 12:40

      @Beastly: Old Poly has been around for years in some form or another. I have a personal theory that he's a whitey who likes stirring a bit.

      Mullally24 - 2013-03-05 12:52

      @Poloyatonki If only it was their onw credit cards that they had to pay for, you would be right, there won't be a problem. The fact is that it's not their credit cards. It is government credit cards that the tax payer is paying for. They are still getting their R1.65 Million salaries and get to spend your and my money. That is if you pay tax like the rest of us... Or are you hoping to badly also to get into government so that you too can spend other people's hard earned money, that is supposed to be used to educate, protect, heal and build? Dont be a moron!

      Beastley - 2013-03-05 13:39

      @Pngwenya - The solution is persons such as you and I, plus all those herein creating a group, where this group would be significant enough in size and taking action using the only tool we really can - money. With holding money and effectively choking the corruption out of the powers that be. The issue is the complete disconnect between the persons paying for service (Us) and those providing the service (The ANC), where the service providers are dictating the playing field. However, if there are no funds with which to dictate play the game changes. The only choice, I feel, is banding together against all political corruption and ensuring a sizeable group of tax paying persons withhold the funding required to continue abusing power, then hold those personally accountable for their thefts and display the kind of fortitude and perseverance required to see this through to the final, successful outcome.

      D_MAN - 2013-03-05 14:28

      well there we have it. The ANC government spend hard earned taxpayers money on themselves than they do to build a better country while you poor ANC supporters suffer in the cold waiting and waiting for your RPD houses. How the hell do you spend R16 0000 on one dinner??? Typical ANC mentality. I do hope Mr Gordon takes all these over spendings off there fat salaries.

      alwyn.vantonder - 2013-03-05 16:30

      How funny.. POLIO DONKEY! He keeps on making a fool of himself.. I love it!

      sandra.j.rennie - 2013-03-07 09:51

      You can moan until you're blue in the face. This is not going to stop. No good going on strike like the rest. Hit them where it hurts. Their pockets via the TAXMAN. Stop paying PAYE, UIF, SDL, VAT, INCOME TAX, PROVISIONAL TAX, AND ANY OTHER TAXES. Stop the Gravy (Tax Train). It will soon run out of steam and money ! This type of spending is unacceptable and this for only one person - what about the others ?

      amanda.vandenberg.758 - 2013-03-07 10:05

      The money is made available to them by the government, then Gordham moans there is a deficit in the budget !!!!!

  • Keg - 2013-03-05 12:02

    Take Take Take, Staeal Steal Steal its the ANC way. Does anyone have the Careers portal for the ANC I want to get in on this action. Unlimited Credit Card for whatever I want sounds too Nice!!

      andre.vandeventer.16 - 2013-03-05 12:12

      And after they are caught out it's deny,deny, deny!

      alan.gernet - 2013-03-05 12:23

      But surely these fearless leaders are paying perks taxes on their personal expenses?? whaahaaa ... calling Praviiin....praaaaviiiinnnn

      Tums Down - 2013-03-05 13:16

      @Pngwenya-I agree. The ANC is the first and only ruling democratic government in the History of SA. I won't want to be a part of any other party(Esp not the DA).. But this kind of spending tells me that they have lost touch with their people. Madiba once said " Not only did I want to live with my people, but I also wanted to live like my people"

      Keg - 2013-03-05 13:35

      Pngwenya Really so just because they are the ruling party and in oyur opinion no other decent opposition it is ok for them to rob and steal the people they serves money? Day in and day out we have to sit and hear about how the ruling party empties the coffers, this is our money not theirs. Why is the DA not a viable opposition? and please tell me how muich money has been stolen by the DA? not 1 red cent. Of course this is an obsession as the ruling party have failed every single person in this country horribly. What happens when the money runs dry, anmd if this carries on trust me it will? When all the businessmen in this country either go bankrupt or leave (before you say anything I didn't say white businessmen)what will happen. Foreign investment is dropping,unemployment is rife yet the ANC has zero plans

      DerekMain - 2013-03-05 15:25

      @Pngwenya - unfortunately there isn't now, nor will there ever be any politician you can trust. That's just their nature. Just have to choose the least bad of the bunch.

      Michael - 2013-03-05 16:22

      Pngwenya i don't entirely agree with that. It is my view that the ANC, despite searching constantly, needs to look pretty damned hard before they find the means to critisise the DA. Hence the constant rehashing and generally overblown nature of the toilet saga,the refugee saga, some vague and unfounded story about helen zille possibly influencing a tender and so forth. With the ANC of 2013 you don't even need to dig, it's 10 new revelations popping out of the ground a day and 100 unseen for every one that is (conservatively speaking). I grant you that the ANC is in power and that the DA is not, therefore the ANC have far more sticky-fingered opportunities. I grant you that human nature demands a percentage of bad apples in a bag, the bigger the bag the greater that number, and if you wait for the perfect scandal free party then you will wait forever, and i will feel within my rights to call you naive. But to compare the DA to the ANC on those terms, as if they are just 2 sides of the same coin, well, in the face of all reasonable evidence i find that to be a deeply flawed assumption and, quite frankly, somewhat of a cop out... With all due respect :)

  • willie.erasmus - 2013-03-05 12:04

    You have to admire our "Leaders". Of course the same old ANC buddies will justify it and complain about the DA saying something about it, becasue lets be honest, why shoul dit not be business as usual with the ANC. Serioulsy a bunch to be proud off. If this is the best the ANC can deliver, can you imagine their worst...

      wade.suster - 2013-03-05 12:28

      The shoes that we paid for...

      ben.rossouw.5 - 2013-03-05 12:32

      Hey POLIO...I would be happy to put myself in R3000-00 leather shoes for a day or so, wouldn't you?

      Eterni80 - 2013-03-05 12:33

      hey Polo ya toffee -4Q

      alan.gernet - 2013-03-05 12:41

      whaaahaa - put yourself in their expensive Italian shoes.....

  • Karl van Rooyen - 2013-03-05 12:06

    ......and the starving and ignorant masses give them their vote hahaha..

  • Gary5 - 2013-03-05 12:07

    But why is it allowed to happen?? Somebody must be paying for it in a finance department or athorizing the deductions for private use?? - 2013-03-05 12:23

      oh yes!! I have the same question: why do they get access in the first place? So there's more people we don't know off here, obviously more money stolen.

      Gary5 - 2013-03-05 13:49

      Yes melusi plenty more up and down the corrupt ladder

  • Sam Masuku - 2013-03-05 12:07

    This is trully making me sick... being led by selfish morons with cancerious-greed, while there are families in deep poverty.

  • Annelise Van Der Schyff - 2013-03-05 12:07

    Bunch of brain dead idiots that cn just steal!!!!!!!

  • Russell Maxwell - 2013-03-05 12:08

    Sorry, but I'm not in the least bit surprised. They've been doing it for years and no action taken against them. What happened about the TRAVELGATE scandal we have heard nothing since being told the money had to be paid back, and they would be severely reprimanded.

  • Gary Doyle - 2013-03-05 12:09

    DA wasting time trying change anything in this anc circus.

      Lorain Maseko - 2013-03-05 12:17

      well unlike u Gary they are making an attempt and not being armchair critics

      Gert Vorster - 2013-03-05 12:52

      @pngwena, you know what you are saying is probably true.... but here is the thing, we know the ANC is corrupt to the core and sure other parties may be too but we need to at least give them a chance to see what can be done and if change is possible in this country. we know with the ANC it is a downward spiral and id rather have some hope than no hope.

      konstabel.koekemoer - 2013-03-05 12:59

      @ Pngwenya, the DA has proven that in areas where they lead things do run a lot better. No party is perfect but most ANC run entities have been total failures and the level of theft and incompetence is staggering.

      Tersia Louw - 2013-03-05 13:33

      @Pngwena - government credit cards were abolished by the DA in the Western Cape. Not so much of an empty vessel, then.

      Keg - 2013-03-05 13:40

      Pngwenya I think you are wrong. The DA are making inroads into the masses of this country and the perception is slowly changing. Do some research on what they do and what their ethos is. THe voters are being convinced slowly but surely, unfortunately it will take the DA a long time to succeeed and they will eventually, I hope its not too late. You obviously have no idea what the DA is about, you may be surprised

  • Melanie Gardner - 2013-03-05 12:09

    sies!! worst part is..they dont even care. no pride whatsoever!

  • John - 2013-03-05 12:10

    Lovely!!! People of our land are starving and homeless while these bunch of rip off artits are boosing it up on my tax money!! Lets cure cANCer next year at the elections! Boycot paying your tax to SARS!!!

  • Esme Esme - 2013-03-05 12:10

    even if DA or any other party was ruling the country it was gonna b the same (over spendin) or even worse this is money we talkin about and the reason y DA try 2 win ppl's hearts by sayin all the bad things about ANC is bcourse they want those position as a result more money futhermore DA&its suppoters mst try 2 win votes the right way,no creticising**NO ONE IS PERFECT

      Raymond Barreto - 2013-03-05 12:20

      wow, you couldn't spell even if your life depended on it.....

      Lynn Hattingh - 2013-03-05 12:24

      You couldn't write a legible sentence either if your life depended on it!

      Katleho Mdlalose - 2013-03-05 12:27

      raymond, is tht ur 2 cents opinion. insult other ppl's comments.

      MJS1234 - 2013-03-05 13:01

      Mugabe is still in power because he rigs the elections! Also he lost the last election but refused to step down!

      Vaughan - 2013-03-05 13:26

      Clearly the average South African does not understand democracy. The DA wouldn't dare do it because if they did, the would be voted out the next election. The ANC however are pretty much assured that the illiterate, state dependant masses would vote for them no matter how much they steal.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2013-03-05 14:04

      @Esme Esme. True, NO ONE IS PERFECT, but stealing is stealing. They did not just made a mistake!!!!

      Jimmy Don - 2013-03-05 14:10

      Dear Esme, I’m not going to chastise you over your horrendous use of grammar , however you point of view is utter nonsense and although no political party is perfect the DA does in fact offer a much better alternative to government than what we are currently seeing with the ANC pirates at the helm.

      Sue Potgieter - 2013-03-05 16:26


  • Jacqui Potgieter - 2013-03-05 12:11

    Slap a garnishing order on their salaries to pay it back

      Maka Nhanha Persh Nxaz - 2013-03-05 13:30

      Ha ha ha ha ha Jaqcui thats a good one kr kr kr kr eish u've made my day kr kr kr

  • rob.martin.94402343 - 2013-03-05 12:12

    This is what they voted for.

  • Dumisile Dee Nene - 2013-03-05 12:13

    Our taxes:(

  • Ygivadamn - 2013-03-05 12:14

    What else would you do if you thought GOV has a bottomless purse?

      Vaughan - 2013-03-05 13:23

      OR you knew that the illiterate, state dependant masses would vote for you no matter how much you steal and how badly you abuse your position.

  • flynn.govender - 2013-03-05 12:14

    Well its not their money - they will spend it to the maximum. Based on their portfolios, they should stay at eat at Holiday Inns countrywide, there is nothing wrong with the accommodation or the meals. Just a thought!!!!

  • andre.vandeventer.16 - 2013-03-05 12:14

    They spend more on their "paid by tax payers" credit cards than what 90% of the population earn. This is the "freedom" they "fought" for!

  • Dewald Smit - 2013-03-05 12:15

    Are we socked? No, nothing shocks me anymore when it comes to Government spending. I love paying TAX!

  • gr8girl786 - 2013-03-05 12:16

    And the gravy train just goes on....

  • peter.jordaan.5 - 2013-03-05 12:17

    Ah you know how it is .. run for government errr! rather get appointed into a Government position so that you can spend other peoples money on yourself and not on the people who you should be spending it on .. what is this thing about public servants that they dont get. It is servants not serpents !!!!

  • Jason Marriott - 2013-03-05 12:18

    endless; its not the cash isn't endless it is already catching up on us.

  • Eternity - 2013-03-05 12:19

    "R16 000 for a single "dinner meeting"." How many people were there at this meeting? More then 100??? And all of this while people starve and are homeless.

      Mark Singh Singh - 2013-03-05 13:01

      Im sure it wasnt even work related. Must have been a family outing.

      Tersia Louw - 2013-03-05 13:56

      That's a lot of KFC.

  • Uzziphathele KaSkhokho Tshabalala - 2013-03-05 12:20

    Shame on u ANC,what about poor people?????Rampele my president uyezu'moya!!!!!be warned ANC....sick of u ANC.....

  • Patrick Stringer - 2013-03-05 12:22

    So what's new, who is going to take them on they were born that way

  • mandi.d.plessis - 2013-03-05 12:22

    I have been in a hotel when various ministers were staying there complete with their families. They all dined in the hotel restaurant, drank imported booze and made themselves look like CHAVS. After the dining various members also ordered room service and I was surprised (and disgusted) to find a case with empty Veuve Clicquot bottles outside one of the ministers hotel room the next morning. This is not the Arts (!) as I know it. PS: I know that they did not pay for it out of their own pocket as I am friends with the management of the hotel

      Tersia Louw - 2013-03-05 13:57

      So much for supporting local industry...

  • charlesglass1895 - 2013-03-05 12:22

    "The DA proposes that all government credit cards be abolished, as is the case in DA-run Western Cape." The DA lead by example while cANCer chooses to pillage and plunder at every opportunity they get and then can never explain their actions when they get caught without the line "You people accusing me are just jealous and racist..." HOW OLD IS THAT LINE ALREADY??

  • gr8girl786 - 2013-03-05 12:24

    Its very well that corruption like this gets exposed , but no one does anything about it. These MEC'S just laugh it off another day in the office of SA people whining . They no very well nothing will happen to them why do u think they taking advantage of this free spending of tax payers hard earned money....i give up !!!

  • Mbuso Siera - 2013-03-05 12:25

    What do they use their fat salaries for then since they get free houses,free furniture,free electricity,free water,free cars,free petrol cards,free credit cards,free laptops,iphones and ipands,free hotel staying,free SAA flights no wonder Lindiwe and all our politcians are so fat, now Agang leader wants to get into politics and parliament for the free everything and make noise while ordinary South Africans are struggling to pay their water and electricity not to mention the petrol price.....

  • jacowium - 2013-03-05 12:25

    Now this is something we NEVER expected. [sarcasm font off]

      marcelle.joubertdurandt - 2013-03-05 12:46


  • Dave - 2013-03-05 12:26

    Last time reported Mokonyane's credit card limite was R100,000.00.............per month, yes folks per month, and thats what she spends because the hand book says she can

  • Simon Johan Human - 2013-03-05 12:27

    Name and shame our fellow comrades!

      Tersia Louw - 2013-03-05 14:02

      Many of them have been named, but they don't seem to be shamed. It's like that little characteristic has been squashed, if it ever was there.

  • Colin Spear - 2013-03-05 12:29

    Déjà vu

  • Kyle McLaren - 2013-03-05 12:29

    The salaries are also unacceptable!! To earn as much as a captain of industry as an (most likely) uneducated government official while people are starving and being raped in the streets!! Makes me sick! We need to rise up against this ANC filth!!

      Tersia Louw - 2013-03-05 14:02

      We don't have to rise up, we just have to vote for another party.

  • brendan.r.murphy.9 - 2013-03-05 12:30

    This is nothing new....these pigs have been doing it for years!

  • Lynn Hattingh - 2013-03-05 12:30

    Seems to be a competition amongst them to see who can spend the most in the shortest time possible.

  • leonard.w.gray - 2013-03-05 12:31

    the looting continues - people have no money to put food on the table and here these crooks are living lavishly on tax payer's money. I cannot see the reason why we should pay tax anymore. This should constitute theft and there should be mechanisms for the people to impeach premiers, MECs and government leaders who do such actions.

  • will.glibbery - 2013-03-05 12:35

    Selfish animals. Completely indifferent to the crisis poor people face in SA. They earn fantastic salaries, but still feel no qualms about squandering money that is not theirs.

  • msturmair - 2013-03-05 12:37

    wtf - fire whole lot and sentence them - they should not have a c/c - the government is useless

  • Hasani Booysen Hlungwana - 2013-03-05 12:37

    Who voted ANC because I didnt.?

      mike.bundy.73 - 2013-03-07 06:53

      Sadly 11.6 million other people DID

  • Gerrit Volschenk - 2013-03-05 12:38

    No surprise here. I can only hope that the voters wake up one day and realize that which they thought they are fighting for is being squandered by their elected leaders.

  • stella.tsabedze - 2013-03-05 12:39


      alan.gernet - 2013-03-05 12:42

      Baby Shower?

      alan.gernet - 2013-03-05 13:30

      oh no - sorry - Baby Shower would be Zoomzooms daughter

  • Tshepo Motsitsi - 2013-03-05 12:40

    ho monate neh

  • Peejay MacLane - 2013-03-05 12:42

    And the people shall vote for them even though they will never have a better working health dept and their children will never be educated. The politicians are enjoying at the tax payer expense. How can u earn 1.8m for just being in office while people die of hunger and without clinics?

  • Killbot79 - 2013-03-05 12:43

    Isn't that what you would expect from this government? All party and no work, working together we can do more.

  • Vivian Harris - 2013-03-05 12:43

    Almost 20 yrs and they only finding out now? How many billions have been wasted already? Its because its not their money that they spending and they don't care that the poor are still suffering. Seems only the ANC and its ministers are enjoying the benefits of a better future.

  • nhlapop - 2013-03-05 12:43

    Anyone surprised??

  • anakin.skyvader.9 - 2013-03-05 12:45

    MEC Qedani Mahlangu expanding her OWN fat infrastructure - they couldn't care LESS about anything's nauseating.

  • Karin Oosthuizen - 2013-03-05 12:45

    They should use their own credit cards and then claim what ever is legal to claim. This is a disgrace and I am so fed up with all this corruption and blatend STEALING of our tax money!

  • Dave Brauteseth - 2013-03-05 12:46

    Me thinks its time to appeal to the United Nations for some form of assistance . Where,and when is it going to stop . Alternatively lets withhold tax ....then see what happens .

      Johnny August - 2013-03-05 12:48

      I support you 1oo %