JOHANNESBURG - While Humphrey Mmemezi's resignation has largely been welcomed there have been increasing calls for a full investigation into his finances.
Mmemezi stepped down as Gauteng's Local Government and Housing MEC on Wednesday, after he faced accusations of misusing and abusing his government vehicle and official credit card.
Mmemezi said he got the impression he could use his official credit card for personal expenses, so long as he paid it back.
He blamed the ambiguity of the ministerial handbook for the misuse of his official credit card.
Humphrey is adamant there were certain untruths published about him and alleges that some of his expenditures are simply false.
These falsehoods, according to him, include a trip to London , his work in Mogale City and claims that he did not report a car accident .
He intends on taking legal action but decided, in the meantime, it would be honourable to step down as MEC amid the accusations.
In his resignation letter he apologised to Gauteng residents for using the credit card to buy suits in India, groceries at a local store and a painting for his office.
Congress of South African Trade Unions spokesperson Patrick Craven said this should set a precedent for others.
“Any public representative who faces serious and credible charges should voluntarily step down."
The Democratic Alliance’s Jack Bloom said despite Mmemezi stepping down, he should not be let off the hook.
“If there needs to be a criminal prosecution then there must be a criminal prosecution.”
Infrastructure Development MEC Bheki Nkosi will take over Mmemezi's portfolio until further notice.
(Edited by Clare Matthes)