Mmemezi 'does the honourable thing'

2012-07-11 14:42

Johannesburg - Controversial Gauteng local government and housing MEC Humphrey Mmemezi quit on Wednesday.

In a statement, he apologised for making personal purchases on a government credit card and said he had paid the money back.

"After consultation with my organisation, through the ANC integrity committee, and the provincial office bearers, I have decided that the most honourable thing to do under these circumstances is to step down from the executive council as the MEC."

False allegations

Mmemezi, who was in office for 18 months, said some of the allegations levelled at him recently were "patently false" and he intended taking legal steps regarding these.

"For instance, the allegation that I didn't report the car accident [in KwaZulu-Natal in December] remains false. Some of the expenditure items published as costs incurred by me, such as the trip to London, are also false.

"All the allegations about my work in Mogale City are also blatantly untrue," he said.

"There are, however, decisions that I deeply regret with regard to some of the personal purchases I made using the departmental credit card. From the briefing I received from officials in my department on the use of the corporate credit card and the ambiguity of the Ministerial Handbook, I got the impression that I could use the credit card for both official and personal purchases, as long as I could repay the department where there are personal expenses.

"It is for this reason that I deeply regret that I used the credit card to pay for the suits in India, the groceries in the local grocery store, and the artwork in the office," he said.

Error of judgement

"These purchases were an error of judgement on my part for [which] I take full responsibility and would want to apologise profusely to the people of Gauteng.

"I have fully refunded government for these expenditure items long before these matters were in the public domain."

He continued: "...With the benefit of hindsight, I should have exercised more caution and prudence in matters of the use of the departmental corporate credit card."

He would continue being a member of the Gauteng provincial legislature.

"I have learnt a great deal from this mistake and will certainly ensure that it is not repeated," Mmemezi said.

His resignation comes after a series of articles in The Star which included allegations that he bought a painting using the government credit card from a fast food restaurant in Silverton, Pretoria, and that he allegedly inflated his daughter's salary while he was human resources manager with the Mogale City municipality and she a junior member of staff.

His official vehicle was involved in an accident outside Krugersdorp in November, where teenager Thomas Ferreira was hit. It was involved in a second accident in KwaZulu-Natal in December 2011.

  • gordon.turner.37 - 2012-07-11 14:56

    fair enough - goodbye

  • andre.burrows.92 - 2012-07-11 14:59

    Skelm donner!

      wesley.nel.5 - 2012-07-11 16:57


  • rofhiwa.rasivhetshele - 2012-07-11 15:00

    We need more people like you. you did what people wanted.

      lynn.syme.1 - 2012-07-11 15:23

      Oh please - he was pushed. He denied all allegations just last week.

      Rob - 2012-07-11 17:01

      rofras, that you can be so naive! He did what he was told. Read the article properly.

  • stfrancisbay - 2012-07-11 15:01

    "The most honourable thing to do.' Rubbish! You were about to be axed!!

  • thokozane.maloka - 2012-07-11 15:05

    This was long overdue.

  • paul.duplessis - 2012-07-11 15:12

    Mmezi, a traitor to his tribe and the South African population at large.

      bpmmemezi - 2012-09-03 14:19

      thts MMEMEZI not Mmezi please u offending me, thts my surname

  • anthro45 - 2012-07-11 15:15

    And what about paying back the money? What about laying criminal charges for theft? Why do nobody ever pay back what they stole?

      philemon.ndlovu.5 - 2012-07-11 16:03

      Did you go to school in Limpopo or Eastern Cape. Read the article again, slowly. He did pay pack.

      Gary - 2012-07-11 16:03

      read the whole article........"I have fully refunded government for these expenditure items long before these matters were in the public domain." The money was repaid.

      Rob - 2012-07-11 17:04

      Yeah, he paid back the money when they deducted it from his salary. Why pay it back when he was denying having done wrong only last week.

      nicolaas.baker - 2012-07-11 19:54

      @DOMPHILEMON, You have prrof that this bastard has paid it back, where interest paid on the full amount??? Where in hell had you ever heard of a thief, or corrupt bastard ever paid back or returned what he stole. Me think you are a perfect example of the failed education imposed on us by the ALL NATIONAL CRIMINAL PARTY. I also believe that you are a graduate from the NIDD, NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF DOM DONNERS IN DOMPOPO!

  • dalai.rama.9 - 2012-07-11 15:16

    Redeploy the cadre to a different department to continue the plunder.

  • musawenkosi.mvubu - 2012-07-11 15:18

    Wo he! Mr Memezi we are eager to watch the proceedings from now onwards by the Gauteng government and the African National Congress as per their pronouncements from their NPC.

  • lynn.syme.1 - 2012-07-11 15:21

    Next please! Volgende Asb

  • roy.wadhams.1 - 2012-07-11 15:21

    Lets hope that this thief will now be investigated to see what else he "stole" while in office and also if it is true that the money he used has been paid back. Would seem that these types of ANC members only have one purpose while in office and that is to steal as much as they can.

  • Seducect - 2012-07-11 15:23

    Humphrey "Pinocchio" Mmemezi...Do I see a nose grow?! Maybe not after all the window shopping done!

  • chris.kleynhans - 2012-07-11 15:26

    Does this make him an honourable person?

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-07-11 15:26

    And he will get that nice fat cheque at the end of the crime really does pay...thank you ANC...

  • gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-07-11 15:35

    He would continue being a member of the Gauteng provincial legislature. Doesn't get any better than that.

  • abram.spamers - 2012-07-11 15:37

    Ah yes... the old deny-everything-until-you-have-to-plead-stupidity strategy

  • Gavin - 2012-07-11 15:40

    I beg to differ, the honorable thing would have been not doing any of the things he did ! A thief will always be found out eventually. Now the ANC can promote him to minister of finance.

  • willem.dehaan.94 - 2012-07-11 15:43

    The first ANC politician demonstrating a sense of honour, he did wrong, perhaps more than he admits to, but he resigned. That was the correct thing to do - not sit and deny and stick it out as we have become used to. The first ray of light, as far as I am concerned.

      lynn.syme.1 - 2012-07-11 17:38

      Nonsense. Last week he denied everything. He was pushed out. There is no honour in forced resignation.

  • njdejager - 2012-07-11 15:45

    Just because there was a fuss made. Otherwise he would have stayed on forever and ever........

  • mikenortje - 2012-07-11 15:53

    For goodness sake he bought a painting from MacDonalds!!! and he admitted it!!! if that is not fraud then what is??? becareful who you vote for in 2014 as this cannot carry one my fellow South Africans.

      Ntuthuko M Simelane - 2012-07-11 16:01

      Surely, which is why i will no longer vote, there's nowhere to run...we can ask for the reinstatement of human brutality and torture by the whites, the ANC steals, the rest have no hope. I wont vote.

  • lebogang.molefo - 2012-07-11 15:56

    The honourable thing to do in the first place was not to steal tax payers money Mr Mmemezi

  • Hemlock - 2012-07-11 15:56

    Another rotten apple cleared from the barrel.......

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-11 16:50

      Yes but there's many barrels containing many more apples - it will never stop I'm afraid. Doomed to fail.

  • drishworth - 2012-07-11 16:02

    Oh wow........ Mr Mmemezi should not have misused his credit card but I do think it is honourable of him to acknowledge his wrongfullness by resigining - it is the right thing to do (and so is paying your TV licence! lol)

      Rob - 2012-07-11 17:06

      Are you also so naive! He was obviously told resign or get fired. What would you do?

  • trevor.toye.7 - 2012-07-11 16:06

    Apology not accepted, you are a thief and deserve to be thrown in jail. I really hope that charges are going to be laid against you. That is my money you are using

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