Ramokgopa touted as Mmemezi’s replacement

2012-07-11 16:03

Johannesburg - ANC Tshwane regional chairperson and Mayor Sputla Ramokgopa has become the frontrunner to replace disgraced former Gauteng housing MEC Humphrey Mmemezi.

Mmemezi quit on Wednesday following allegations of the misuse of government funds, including that he had bought a R10 000 painting from McDonald’s with his government credit card.

According to three well-placed sources within the ANC in Tshwane, various informal discussions have taken place “for a while” about who would be deployed in Mmemezi’s position.

But City Press understands that the ANC Youth League in the Tshwane region has been resisting attempts to redeploy Ramokgopa to a senior position since former deputy minister for economic development Enoch Godongwana resigned earlier this year.

Ramokgopa was initially touted as a possible replacement for Godongwana.

Rumours that Ramokgopa would be promoted to the Gauteng legislature have been circulating since Mmemezi’s troubles began with explosive revelations of his alleged abuse of his office.

According to an ANC branch leader close to the talks about Ramokgopa’s future, ANC members expressed concern that Ramokgopa’s removal may create uncertainty within the council corridors as a new mayor would have to be sworn in.

“People don’t want him to move, period. He [Ramokgopa] is adding value here in the city and we would have to start over again when the new mayor comes in once Ramokgopa goes,” said the source.

An ANC Youth League leader in Tshwane said the reason the league was against Ramokgopa’s possible redeployment was that a new mayor would not be as young as Ramokgopa, who is 37.

“He is young and we want him to stay. He represents what we mean about a generational mix in leadership positions. Tshwane may not get a young person like him if he is deployed elsewhere,” said the youth league member.

  • Michaele - 2012-07-11 16:12

    Maybe he will change the name of the ANC, he seems rather good at this!

      liana.loots - 2012-07-11 16:38

      HAHA blignault, thank goodness good riddance! now he can go and play in the circel of big

      Malose-Nyatlo - 2012-07-11 16:46

      In the short time Sputla has been the mayor of Tshwane, he brought about fundamental changes in how our city is run. He is NOT that simple name-changer as some would like to portray him but a man who came to the City of Tshwane with credentials which many of us outside the ANC can only envy.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-07-11 16:48

      Tell us more about him?

      thabang.bonang.7 - 2012-07-11 17:00

      He is a good choice.

  • Ntuthuko M Simelane - 2012-07-11 16:21

    Hire FW De Klerk...perfect candidate. Why not? the man is white and mistake free.

  • clint.rusford.3 - 2012-07-11 16:22

    The players may change but da game remains da same i say..

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-11 16:39

      You're so right. The players might change, but the ANC will never be able to change their game of theft, embezzlement, fraud, corruption.......etc etc. From one cadre to the next they move around and around and ...... Seen any change in this cycle recently? Of course not, but we have seen them reach new levels of aforesaid.

      colin.dovey - 2012-07-11 16:44

      It is called musical chairs.....

      steve.gibson.146612 - 2012-07-11 16:59

      Does resigning now mean that the man is let off "Scott Free" and there is no follow-up to recoup the unauthorised expenditure as seems to be the case with all the people to date found with their hands in the till

      martin.britchford.5 - 2012-07-11 17:23

      steve i believe so, they resign for some odd reason, and then we never hear of any charges, it vanishes with the dropped position,

      rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-07-11 17:34

      Round and around.....this really is a repulsive form of economic empowerment. Imagine how bad it is going to get as the 'educated' youth get into the game.

  • Sharon - 2012-07-11 16:25

    he is young so he will steal for much longer,better to get a geriatric so he can die before he steals

  • christopher.phago - 2012-07-11 16:37

    Mr Thief Mmemezi resigned cos he misused our tax payers\let him face the consequences.The Democratic Alliance must not leave this corrupt Mmemezi.He's a MAFIA like the pres

      Angel Lihle Mpofana Mpofana - 2012-07-11 21:37

      liana.loots - 2012-07-11 23:06

      moment too big for words Angel? :D

  • Tommo - 2012-07-11 17:02

    Redeploy him in another post it says. There is no such thing as redeploy him anywhere!!! He failed. He must go. Those are the rules of the game

  • john.loveland.9 - 2012-07-11 17:07

    Doesn't really matter who they replace him with.... one is as bad as the other

  • thabang.bonang.7 - 2012-07-11 17:09

    Mmemezi had bought a R10 000 painting from McDonald’s with his government credit card. --------------------------- Must have been a painting of a super size quarter ponder deluxe meal which according to those close to Him said was His favourite.

      liana.loots - 2012-07-11 23:08

      Hahahahaha i can just imagine. I wonder if he 'up-sized'it

  • keith.ngobeni - 2012-07-11 17:15

    It's what they(ANC) are good at by looting and neglecting the people who voted for them into their various position, I f***Ken hate the ANC with passion because they're using and manipulating the masses who trusted and still keep their loyalty to these crooks called AFRICAN NATIONAL CRIMINALS.

      liana.loots - 2012-07-11 23:11

      but Keith, you live in Australia. Why do you get so cross hmmm

      keith.ngobeni - 2012-07-11 23:46

      Because 99% of my family members still live in south Africa and are feel the heat that caused by the ANC, I now live in the United kingdom left Australia couple of years ago.

  • thoka.mphoka - 2012-07-11 17:16

    I agree with youth league. Sputla must remain in pta, he is doing better there.

  • Wayne - 2012-07-11 17:42

    NOT SURE WHO'S WORSE................

      Irene - 2012-07-11 18:20

      Take your pick. Pick anyone because they're all just as corrupt and incompetent as the next one.

  • patricia.dewet.92 - 2012-07-11 18:09

    Please, please take our mayor. He is so important the job for him. Let he take some of his friends. He is part of the family business. Even the black people in Pretoria do not know where they are going and do not know the people he named.

  • mmoledis - 2012-10-12 11:31

    I also agree with them, I am a Tshwane resident and since Ramokgopa took over Tshwane is shinning very good, there is good service deliveries and the city too is clean, from Marabastad till to the heart of the city.

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