Mixed reaction to Mmemezi findings

2012-07-13 19:07

Johannesburg - The ANC has implored parties to refrain from scoring points over the resignation of Gauteng MEC Humphrey Mmemezi, but the DA is pushing for more steps against him.

African National Congress Gauteng chief whip Brian Hlongwa said in a statement on Friday: "We urge everyone, especially the opposition within the legislature not to use this matter as a political score game."

Democratic Alliance caucus leader Jack Bloom said allegations of irregular activities during the former MEC's time at Mogale City municipality should also be investigated.

The integrity commission report presented to the Gauteng legislature in a special sitting on Friday found Mmemezi guilty of contravening the provincial legislature's code of conduct and ethics.

The report referred to Mmemezi using a government credit card and covering up an accident in a government vehicle. Mmemezi resigned from his position on Wednesday.

Hlongwa welcomed the report and said Mmemezi's decision to resign was honourable.

"He has unequivocally apologised to the party, public and the premier for the transgressions and we respect him for illustrating such stature in difficult times."

Laid to rest

Hlongwa said the ANC remained committed to serving the public diligently and with conviction.

"This has been a difficult time for all members and we are glad that the matter has been laid to rest."

Bloom said while the legislature did not have the power to remove Mmemezi as a member, the former MEC was unfit to hold any public office.

"If Mmemezi had any real integrity and honour he would have resigned from his elected position."

He questioned whether the ANC was serious about rooting out maladministration, as Mmemezi remained the ANC's deputy secretary in Gauteng.

Cope caucus leader Ndizipho Kalipa said her party was satisfied by the legislature's investigation of Mmemezi, and his resignation.

However, they were concerned it took the former MEC so long to do the right thing.

Kalipa said the use of a government credit card for private use was unjustifiable to the citizens the legislature served, and as public representatives, such behaviour could not be tolerated.

It was unfortunate that the money Mmemezi spent was only reimbursed after knowledge of his spending became public, she said.

  • lownabester - 2012-07-13 19:28

    Guilty as sin, Open your eyes, ANC, all your members are corrupt to the core.

      godfrey.welman - 2012-07-13 19:45

      Agree and I think there is more to it, this is not the anc way of doing things.

      adrien.mcguire - 2012-07-13 19:56

      Hlongwa said the ANC remained committed to serving the public diligently and with conviction. Well, lets now get the conviction, and send him to jail, where he belongs !

      godfrey.welman - 2012-07-13 20:05

      The ANC can prove me wrong (resigning is not the ance way) if Police Minister (Mthethwa) resign. - 2012-07-13 21:52

      Nothing honourable about him at all. He should have resigned as soon as he got found out.

  • dumsani.khanyile - 2012-07-13 19:31

    These white ppl have an egenda

      Stewart Croucamp - 2012-07-13 19:34

      No we have an agenda.

      Stlouis Heidtmann - 2012-07-13 19:41

      agenda anc moron not egenda

      steve.gibson.146612 - 2012-07-13 19:46

      To destroy corruption yes. Would he have come clean on his own accord if the press had not exposede him??????

      tobydt - 2012-07-13 19:49

      These ANC scumb@gs have an agenda. Oh right. Lie, cheat and steal :P

      mmredlana - 2012-07-13 19:56

      They are scrupulous and they must keep up on doing that.Would you please go to the lavatory when you want to vomit DUMISANI

      Erna - 2012-07-13 20:08

      Yes, we have an Agenda. As citizens and tax payers to expect honest and corrupt free governance!

      harold.parsons.37 - 2012-07-13 20:26

      Yes to start a country that we do not have to share with thieves and liars and cowards. Our time will come

      John - 2012-07-13 20:49

      Unfortunately you try to be rascist but cannot! Only white people can be rascist! Why do you not try being South African, pull your head out of your rectum, wipe your eyes of faeces, then perceive what is occurring around you. You will be very surprised when you look before expressing an opinion on a judgement witthout data.

      Darra - 2012-07-14 13:12

      Yes Dum Sani! They dont allow thieves to be their Gods. If you want it..... have it! Is it a white thing? Naaaaah! hey Wena! I'm blacker than you are!

  • danny.archer.589 - 2012-07-13 19:47

    "We urge everyone, especially the opposition within the legislature not to use this matter as a political score game." HAHAHAHAHAHAHA. They have absolutely no COOKING clue what democracy is for! ROFL!

  • Erna - 2012-07-13 20:00

    Funny how he only admitted to using the credit card AFTER he was informed by the so-called integrity committee that he would be found guilty and fired if he didn't resign. Heard him 'denying and lying' the whole way on 702 two weeks ago - his arrogance had to be heard to be believed! The fact that he is allowed to still represent the anc at a salary of R 800 000 proves that they are not really serious about corruption! Where is his salary coming from? Hope the DA doesn't drop this.

  • mmredlana - 2012-07-13 20:21

    African National Corruption cadre! pissed

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