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Mmemezi misused more public funds - DA

2012-11-07 07:17

Johannesburg - Former Gauteng local government MEC Humphrey Mmemezi used public funds to build a wall and upgrade security systems at his private residence while in office, the Democratic Alliance said on Tuesday.

"In his 2011/2012 report, Auditor General Terence Nombembe found that Mmemezi spent money from the department to upgrade his security at home.

"The findings were announced by head of department Mongezi Mnyani during a presentation to the local government portfolio committee on Monday," said DA spokesperson on local government, Fred Nel.

Nombembe established that the upgrade to Mmemezi's home did not comply with government's supply chain guidelines.

"MEC Ntombi Mekgwe must inform the public whether the costs will be recovered from those responsible for this fruitless and wasteful expense."

"Gauteng should not allow itself become a 'Nkandla lite'... MECs should act as the custodians of public money and should not become the plunderers of the fiscus."

Spokesperson for the department Motsamai Motlhaolwa said: "The matter is still under discussion by the department's management. It will be communicated once finalised."

Mmemezi resigned as MEC in July after apologising for making personal purchases on a government credit card.

Comments
  • kgomotso.hlahla - 2012-11-07 07:27

    nothing is going to be done about this...so why the fuss! u gave up long time ago,we will continue being idiots,work hard so we can be taxed hard so as to feed the unemployed and the cabinet!

      larry.piggott1 - 2012-11-07 08:14

      Too true, but we can not give up. At some time in the future, hopefully these guys will answer for their sins.

      kayley.segal - 2012-11-07 08:26

      Who does this guy think he is?? Jacob Zuma??

      kim.buren - 2012-11-07 08:33

      They lead by example Kayley

      Voiceinthedesert.co.za - 2012-11-07 08:36

      Dumb Zipper did it so why won't he. Zipper showed them it's okay to rape, steal, etc. That's why they all following the leader. What a bunch of rubbish criminals have taken hold of this country. Hopefully the rest of the world will soon realize what their sanctions and interfering brought about.

      talana.malherbe - 2012-11-07 08:56

      Well he had the example of Zoomer, could we expect any different?? Again, the nation hangs its head in shame and embarrasment.

      alan.jerrold - 2012-11-07 09:05

      Yup, many of the ANC leaders are stealing massive amounts of public money for their own private use. Maybe the poor will wake up one day and realise that a cheap Chinese T-shirt does not compensate for the billions that are constantly being robbed from them by ANC fatcats.

      JaredVN - 2012-11-07 10:07

      I find kgomotso's comment above extremely ironic. Why, kgomotso, don't you personally do something about it? Vote for somebody else next time! It's really that simple - God helps those who help themselves...

  • TheFatCanary - 2012-11-07 07:29

    Once more one can only say, the ANC is corrupt in its very core! How many other MECs are using taxpayers' money to enrich themselves? Why hasn't he been arrested for theft? It is because our very president is setting the tone at the top with Nkandla, alleged arms deal corruption and alleged rape! So thee we go! PERFECT ANC ONCE AGAIN! One cannot believe that these bastards go unpunished!

      JaredVN - 2012-11-07 10:09

      The majority of sheeple in this country - ANC voters - clearly disagree with you. By continuing to vote for the cANCer in election after election, they are saying that they enjoy being stolen from.

  • pws69 - 2012-11-07 07:31

    Tip of the iceberg. And people doubt me when I say we have had over R2,5 TRILLION stolen from us since 1994.

  • ingrid.oberholzer - 2012-11-07 07:38

    We have two residential houses in Fredrick Cooper Street, Kenmare, Krugersdorp that belong to the Public Works Department, that have been empty for the past 5 years and in dire need of repair and teanats, they are guarded by a private security company, the same district where Memesi was based, the ANC can waste tax payers money and I agree kgomtso nothing will be done a slap across the wrists and given another high profile job.

  • patricia.dewet.92 - 2012-11-07 07:40

    This will never stopped unless they are taken to court, put in jail and their house and assets sold.

  • kim.buren - 2012-11-07 07:42

    South Africans are getting sick of reading this corruption. Is there not a law against this and why is action not being taken on each and everyone of them? They a law unto themsleves and eventually this country will not exist due to taxpayers money being spent on their personaly gain

      SarelJBotha - 2012-11-07 10:09

      There are many laws, but the legal system simply seem to not do their jobs.

  • pws69 - 2012-11-07 07:44

    Anyone remember the current ANC GP Leader, Paul Mashatile, spending about R180,000 on a meal for himself and 20 odd close friends at a restaurant he co-owned? The fish rots from the head.

  • Gill McCain - 2012-11-07 07:46

    Misuse of public funds? Or theft of public funds? Until those who "misuse" our money go to prison for "misusing" the smallest of amounts nothing will change. So less of the euphemismistic reporting, call it what it is, THEFT.

      Erna - 2012-11-07 08:31

      As far as I am concerned, misuse for your own purposes, is equal to theft.

  • gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-11-07 07:49

    He's a criminal. Forfeit the house and recover the stolen money. Bloody thief!

  • allen.visser - 2012-11-07 07:52

    Im just grateful that somebody has the balls to stand up and expose these ANC corrupt a$$holes. Their air of entitlement is boundless. And now at least someone is wanting answers for Zuma's R 200 million antics. We as South Africans thank you for doing what we cannot do.

      Erna - 2012-11-07 08:32

      Also glad that the DA and media keep us informed, but am VERY DEPRESSED that nothing ever comes of it. Big noise made, all dies down, till the next time.

  • christopher.shining - 2012-11-07 07:56

    Payback time me thinks...

  • phumi.ntlabati - 2012-11-07 08:13

    As long as he spent less than the R 100 000 allowed by the ministerial handbook. Hands off Mr. Memezi!

      Erna - 2012-11-07 08:34

      Ja, and multiply R100 000 by ten, or a hundred, what does that give you? It all adds up.

      george.slade.161 - 2012-11-07 08:49

      This Idiots Logo reads "100 years of Exploitation" yet supports the ANC : Clearly less than 100 brain Cells & Exactly why this country is Stuffed !

      talana.malherbe - 2012-11-07 09:00

      @phumi, very ignorant thinking! Don't you think that a few toilets or running water could have been installed for some people (even a few) in some rural area rather??? So are you saying....guys as long as people in government steal less than R100 000 its above board and okay??

      SarelJBotha - 2012-11-07 10:12

      Phudumi, that handbook is part of the evil. I say let no cent be spent to enrich them in any way and tax them 60% on ALL their earnings. Then we will see the real leaders step forward as lust after riches will not be their main thing.

      andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-11-07 10:40

      Well Phumi, I will write to the Minister of Finance P.Gordham and request he updates the handbook for taxpaying citizens to allow for security updates on private properties to the tune of R100,000 so as to prevent armed robberies and theft with agrievating circumstances as our police force cannot cope or do not have the means to prevent such incidences. Do you think I have a chance of succeeding?

  • collet.letsoalo - 2012-11-07 08:33

    Like father like son, like mother like daughter and like Zuma like Mmemezi.

  • angela.clegg.7 - 2012-11-07 08:38

    Well if Zuma can do it, why cant he?

  • andrea.ruiters.9 - 2012-11-07 08:40

    And so it goes on,i agree with you kgomotso.hlahla,next year only difference will be us working even harder for the next one to upgrade their home!!Its disgusting and i personally dnt believe this will change unless somebody comes along in power that really does want to make a change,it wldve been simpler if all South Africans stood together and said enuf is enuf bt truth is we have so much going on in our personal lives that people feel "whats the use"ANC is bigger!,these guys just make me sick and im sorry i have absolutely no respect for South Africa's so called president!!

  • ndou.miranda - 2012-11-07 08:40

    I still say the biggest racist in this country is this government of ours stealing from it's own people to satisfy their needs, what a shame, don't they have a conscious?

      talana.malherbe - 2012-11-07 09:08

      @ndou, sadly no they don't have a conscience. Its all about enriching themselves. I agree 100% with you.

      SarelJBotha - 2012-11-07 10:13

      The biggest racists are each person who vote for the proven criminal ANC.

  • anne.boyes.14 - 2012-11-07 08:44

    We all have a choice, it's called VOTE. Vote the ANC out of government!

  • arthurenlouise.tarr - 2012-11-07 08:44

    Pretty standard news today.

  • clive.kihn - 2012-11-07 08:48

    So if the guy at the top can steal public funds for his personal aggrandisement, why shouldn't all his acolytes? SA today.

  • Eterni80 - 2012-11-07 09:34

    ANC + stealing = business as usual.

  • craig.thom.376 - 2012-11-07 09:38

    Give the guy a break,with a name like Humphrey I am sure he has had a tough life

  • nkadimeng - 2012-11-07 09:42

    Thieves

  • SarelJBotha - 2012-11-07 10:06

    He should simply be jailed for theft. This will send the right message.

  • yaschoeman - 2012-11-07 10:07

    Add all that money that this MEC and that MEC and the ANC this and that took and waste in parties and so on i can bet the E-tolls would have been paid and full and we would still have money left for all the other thing... its sad.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-07 10:30

    If Zuma can, so can I, this bright fellow thought.

  • lufuno.lesele - 2012-11-07 10:34

    this is really annoying.ANC is full of corrupt leaders it spreadign to the lower level(general clerks)i recently to apply for uif and the guy assisting me wanted bribe to him to speed-up my application.ANC no more votes from me.i have bin tying to transform alot of young ppl to use their votes wisely & i am glad majority of them c da light.4 God so loved the Americans n re-elected Obama,father can u plz save mzansi form Jacob & ANC.

  • bheki.dingiswayo - 2012-11-07 11:39

    This is what we call fraud and he should be charged accordingly

  • andre.j.hanekom - 2012-11-07 12:10

    So, what's new? Our money is their money to do with whatever they please. The fodder voted and that's how they wanted it to be.

  • marius.vanwyk.5621 - 2012-11-07 12:15

    IMPOSSIBLE!!!! A Honest, hardworking citize.....NO sorry I am thinking of another country here.

  • mark.croxford.3 - 2012-11-07 12:17

    And we're surprised why ?

  • siphobongohead - 2012-11-07 13:50

    Why has he not been arrested and charged with theft???

  • Taff2 - 2013-02-05 09:59

    In the UK, a minister has resigned because he lied about something that happened 10 years ago and cost the tax-payer nothing! Here we have ministers thieving, lying, corrupt and accused of murder. What happens? They either get promoted to the NEC or receive ambassadorships!

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