MEC's spending - premier wants answers

2012-05-23 23:09

Pretoria - Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane was awaiting a response from MEC Humphrey Mmemezi on his alleged misuse of government funds, her office said on Wednesday.

"She has noted numerous media reports pertaining to the MEC Mmemezi. These include damage to a government vehicle and the alleged misuse of a government credit card," the premier's spokesperson Xoli Mngambi said.

The premier had asked the local government and housing MEC to react to these allegations.

"Further communication on the matter will be pronounced upon completion of the processes mentioned," Mngambi said.

On receiving a response Mokonyane would "apply her mind" and make a formal decision.

"It is important that we retain the significance of the legislative framework, to bring about integrity when dealing with such matters."

Mngambi could not say whether Mmemezi had been given a deadline to respond to Mokonyane's query.

On Tuesday, the Democratic Alliance called for Mmemezi to be fired after media reports claimed he had misused government funds during a trip to India.

"His contemptuous behaviour should not be allowed to continue. A full investigation is needed so that he is held to account for all misspending and contravention of rules," the DA's Jack Bloom said.

"Mokonyane must put aside internal ANC politics and fire him in the interests of good governance."

According to the Star newspaper, Mmemezi, who had a credit limit of R50 000 on his government-issued credit card, spent R22 839 for clothes in India using the government credit card on 25  September last year.

He reportedly spent another R31 000 on "party wear" and suits in Pramanik on 30 September. He apparently went on to pay R4 900 and R4 500 for clothing at other shops in India.

The paper reported that Mmemezi had been using the credit card to indulge himself and others at restaurants across South Africa before leaving for India.

In a different matter Mmemezi reportedly used the same credit card to purchase an art work worth R10 000 from fast food outlet McDonalds. He allegedly disguised the transaction as a purchase for hamburgers.

The DA had previously called for Mmemezi to be sacked on grounds that he misled the Gauteng legislature about damage to his official vehicle during an accident.

The DA's MPL Fred Nel said the BMW X5 transporting Mmemezi when it hit West Rand teenager Thomas Ferreira, knocking him off his motorbike, was reportedly being auctioned off.

However, officials from Mmemezi's department had claimed the vehicle was not in mechanical running order, and that this would affect its price at auction.

According to Nel, Mmemezi said the car was in good condition, except for the left rear door. It came to light that the car had sustained far more damage than Mmemezi had revealed.

According to Bloom, Mmemezi delayed responding to questions from the DA and would face more questions in the Gauteng legislature on Tuesday.

  • cameronjohnprice - 2012-05-23 23:26

    So what's going to happen to this guy? Promotion maybe?

      Koos - 2012-05-24 01:16

      He is going up the food chain.

      Oneant - 2012-05-24 01:39

      easy living the high life off tax payers money. shame. he will never know the joys of achievement.

      Benn - 2012-05-24 06:29

      You can bath a pig in perfume and tie pink ribbons to its ears, it does not become a French poodle- it remains a pig.

      Benn - 2012-05-24 07:12

      And so you can give a barbarian a credit card and a silk tie, he does not become a gentleman- he remains a barbarian.

      Hector - 2012-05-24 07:36

      New ANCYL Leader ??

      Bless Boswell - 2012-05-24 07:38

      Benn, I loved your pig analogy. We have one too: behaving like a bulldog in a plate of porridge. Does that not conjure up an amazing picture? If you have ever owned a bulldog, you'll know exactly what that looks and sounds like!

      Squeegee - 2012-05-24 07:44

      On receiving a response Mokonyane would "apply her mind" - drat! There goes any hope of a good outcome.

      Charles-Bronson - 2012-05-24 08:01

      Corrupted goverment, F@uck you and your e-tolls

      sticky.toffee - 2012-05-24 08:10

      Mmemezi for youth League president...Viva!

      Vicker - 2012-05-24 08:13

      I think the most pertinent questions we must ask is: What kind of an idiot buys an "artwork" from McDonalds - should he not be buying an "artwork" from KFC rather? AND then tries to disguise this as a hamburger purchase??? I mean come on - how many Big Macs can you buy for R10K? Did he REALLY think he could slip this one past? WTF - I think our politicians have finally reached rock bottom in their quest to find better ways to defraud us...or have they??? What a wally...

      Msika - 2012-05-24 11:57

      If found guilty, will be asked to leave like Shiceka.

      Roy - 2012-05-24 12:48

      Deployment - I hear Sanral looking for a new CEO - plus Sanral doesn't have a credit limit so the position should attract quite a few ANC applications. Providing of course that he isn't squeezed out by one of mdluli's family members or friends.

  • Christopher - 2012-05-23 23:27

    I also want answers!

  • somikazi.pita - 2012-05-23 23:41

    All on clothes! Like really???? What type of clothes are these?! I could not imagine a person could possible spend more than R10k in such a short period of time on clothes, especially with money that does not belong to you!

      Bless Boswell - 2012-05-24 07:35

      It's not much when you consider that in some places you can easily pay $5000 for a new designer suit. That's about R35000. Or R5000 for a party dress.

  • tobydt - 2012-05-23 23:44

    Welcome to our new ambassador to wherever.

      Peter - 2012-05-24 07:03

      Most likely the Ambassador for Malan...

      Tamarin - 2012-05-24 07:33

      ambassador of india, seems like he loves it there.

  • keith.ngobeni - 2012-05-23 23:55

    People are always asking me that why iam so critical about the ruling party and it's officials, ooh well this is another so many reasons that makes me to be critical about the ANC, honestly ordinary people are struggling to make ends meet hence the likes of Humphrey memezi are living large and luxurious through tax payers money it's where my beef up is with the ANC and it's officials.

      carpejugulim - 2012-05-24 07:05

      I agree Keith ... how can one spend R10 000 on hamburgers in one sitting? In a different matter Mmemezi reportedly used the same credit card to purchase an art work worth R10 000 from fast food outlet McDonalds. He allegedly disguised the transaction as a purchase for hamburgers. How blind and stupid do they think the tax payers really are???

      Bless Boswell - 2012-05-24 07:32

      Keith, you can do your bit for this country by explaining to your family and friends the importance of putting the x in the right place on the ballot paper.

      Tony Lapson - 2012-05-24 07:42

      Won't he get necklaced for treason then?

      Bless Boswell - 2012-05-24 08:39

      Eish - never thought of that! I wonder what is is about the ANC that makes people want to vote for them. The high life they enjoy is not shared with the masses - maybe people believe they too will be able to feed at the trough - when will they realise that they will never get to feed there - ever!

  • Bokfan - 2012-05-23 23:58

    A thug in silk is a thug no less. His name is on the list of those getting what's coming. And it is coming.

      Koos - 2012-05-24 01:16


      Michael - 2012-05-24 13:59

      no ts not,the anc is like watching a bunch of 6 year olds in a playground

  • tobydt - 2012-05-24 00:02

    What is rediculious, is that the goverment finds out about these abuses through the media. Not internally. Yet, the same government wants to bulldoze MAT.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-05-24 07:30

      How the government can play with the petrol price, electricity price etc is quite beyond me. "sorry folks, our coffers are running dry because we've stolen everything, but we need new cars, so we need more money, so please pay up"

  • - 2012-05-24 00:24

    the part bout the art piece is quite funny. very stupid coming from an MEC (or is it common?). So he disguised the purchasing of the art piece, stipulating that twas for BURGERS... R1000's worth of BURGERS, really?! either he's an idiot or he thinks everyone else is an idiot and he's the clever one. tihs guy should be fired...not only for his excessive spending, but for taking everyone else for a fool. Burgers? my goodness!!

      Koos - 2012-05-24 01:17

      Should that make the people that voted for his party also idiots?

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-05-24 01:29

    Shame on the ANC..yet another SCANDAL ! Stop stealing and there will be enough money to pay for e -tolling!!! FIRE the sumbitch!!

  • Nick - 2012-05-24 02:23

    this idiot is NOT important at all no mec is important if he wants to steal then it should be to help Mr Ferreira not for the anc mantra of self enrichment steal while you can as much as you can till they catch you and deploy you

  • sello.molekwa.1 - 2012-05-24 05:13

    He disguised the R10,000 as a purchase for McDonalds burgers? So did he think if it was really for the burgers it would have been money well spent?

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-05-24 05:27

    The ANC acts as if the tax revenue is for their use only. What was this guy doing in India? Is his job not in South Africa? Who is this guy's manager? This manager should also explain and take accountability. The manager should see to it that disciplinary action is taken and that the money is recovered.

  • braamc - 2012-05-24 05:49

    Keep on voting for the cANCer, WTF

      danny.levin.351 - 2012-05-24 07:12

      Braamc, sadly instead of recovering the money, firing him and charging him so that he can be tried he will remain in his cushy job. Worse, the SHEEPLE will carry on voting for the party of thieves (ANC)

  • Al - 2012-05-24 06:19

    The article does not state if all the clothing was bought on the same trip, but the Total is around R 63,339, if my math is correct. Firstly that is a lot of money for clothing and would require more than 1 bag extra, on return, to bring it in. Secondly Customs has limits on goods brought in and the article does not say if correct Customs duties information was provided and paid. So there may also be a case of custom declaration and tax evasion as well or do Government officials not have to declare like us citizens.

      danny.levin.351 - 2012-05-24 07:16

      Al,sorry pal but don't be naive. When Jackson Mtembu was arrested for drunk driving in Cape Town the Metro Cops that arrested him had to go to more than one SAPS station before they found an SAPS cop that was not too terrified to open a case against Mtembu. Do you really think that a customs officer will take his chances against an ANC Thug?

      Bless Boswell - 2012-05-24 07:25

      You are assuming they brought the clothing back to SA. Many wealthy people only wear garments once - perhaps The minister follows that wasteful trend?

  • Vince.York - 2012-05-24 06:25

    NOW Moko' sees why the DA processes and checklists and controls with accountability are so important AND WORK for the benefit of everyone, instead of bleating like a blackened zooma spear painter. SAD, but it is good reason why the DA will soon take over SA. A nation cannot run around AFTER THE FACT trying to mop up, but has to ensure good governance from the outset. So off to the proverbial corner, pop on your little anc hats, and suck blackened eggs until the pigs fly over cuckhold_'spear'land.

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-05-24 06:48

    Surely, the problem lies with the controls in place or in this case the lack thereof. Who authorises payment of the account when submitted for settlement. This man should be removed from office and made to pay back personal expenses. This to my mind is a case of entitlement at the expense of the taxpayer.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-05-24 07:22

      He probably approves it himself.

  • Kevin Critchfield - 2012-05-24 07:13

    If it was not for the press these things would never be uncovered. The financial controls of our tax money is shocking. ANC thieves.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-05-24 07:44

      This is why the secrecy bill must never be see the light of day. Then, truly, we are doomed.

  • Fanie - 2012-05-24 07:27

    These fu@kers are stealing from us every minute of the day!!!

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-05-24 07:31

    Maybe the Premiers expenses should also be examined as I recall she spent a huge pile of money on revamping her residence just after it had been upgraded.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-05-24 07:43

      Yes - let's audit her too!

  • Tamarin - 2012-05-24 07:36

    his answers to his misuse of government funds should be made public. we all want to know how and if his mind worked that he could think he could get away with this.

  • Zahir - 2012-05-24 07:39

    This is abuse is standard protocol to follow for gov minister official tax money is there to enjoy not do a job

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-05-24 07:42

    The fact that he did this means one of two things - or maybe both: that there are no controls in place - so he thought he would never be found out, or, that even if he was found out nothing would happen, because everyone else gets away with it. I still believe that lifestyle audits on everybody who has access to public funds will root out all the rot.

  • malcolm.dale - 2012-05-24 07:55

    Reading an article posted yesterday by RedNines under the headiline "E-toll case goes to Concourt" he/she relates to an article gleaned from Facebook and posted by Carla CV one will see an estimate of how much tax payers money has been wasted by the government. I did a quick addition of what was there and came up with a total of one billion, fifty four million, one hundred and sixty eight hundred thousand rand that has been wasted!!! (E & O E) Now that's a lot of money to just throw around willy nilly.

  • Denis - 2012-05-24 08:05

    Gatvol of the ANC...this is the kind of news that just makes one lose hope: state funds abused with impunity. They can shove E-toll where the sun don't shine. I'm not paying a cent until all stolen and abused state funds are returned...which will never happen.

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-05-24 08:07

    What was the painting of? Did not know that Macdonalds sells art.

  • eland.snitbul - 2012-11-29 09:41

    Another MEC enjoying the benefits of having a gravy train to use for personal expenses.. The worrying part about this is that it has probably been outlined and mentioned in numerous audit reports but nothings has been done. I remember when I was part of the FS Local Government & Housing audit, we uncovered the same fruitless and wasteful expenditure year on year, it almost became a year exception. Please can someone with proper education explain all of this abuse of power to the masses...

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