Mmemezi vehemently denies additional allegations

Humphrey Mmemezi, Gauteng MEC of Local Government and Housing. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng's controversial Local Government and Housing MEC Humphrey Mmemezi on Tuesday came out guns blazing, denying the latest allegation against him.

The Star newspaper has reported that Mmemezi backdated a travel allowance for his daughter Nomvuzo and three other employees from the Mogale City municipality, despite being warned that it was against council travel policy a week before.

According to the report published on Tuesday, council insiders said the employees did not qualify for the perk because they were junior staff members and Mmemezi was not allowed to back-date payments.

Mmemezi was the manager of human capital management in the council at the time.

But in a Talk Radio 702 interview on Tuesday, Mmemezi said the claims were "all lies".

The allegation is the latest in a series of claims of financial irregularities against the MEC.

Other allegations centre around the MEC using his official credit card to buy a R10,000 painting in October through a McDonalds outlet in Silverton, Pretoria.

It also emerged last week that the MEC used more than R200 million allocated for housing development to install a closed-circuit television system at his private home and work offices.

Mmemezi was acquitted of a sexual assault charge by the Krugersdorp Magistrate’s Court in 2009 while he still worked in the Mogale City municipality.

He has also crashed two state cars as Gauteng MEC – one of them during a private visit to KwaZulu-Natal in November 2011.

He failed to submit an accident report to the Gauteng provincial legislature, despite him being required to do so.

Furthermore, it was reported Mmemezi hired his niece to be his secretary and apparently gave her permission to use official vehicles, even though she was a junior staff member. 

The Star newspaper reported on Monday that Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane intends to sack the MEC when she returns from her trip to China. The paper said he would be dismissed before the end of July.

It reported that Gauteng ANC chairperson Paul Mashatile and provincial secretary David Makhura had endorsed Mmemezi's removal from office, following the recent allegations against him.

The ANC in Gauteng, however, denied that Mashatile had meetings with Mokonyane to give her the go-ahead to fire the MEC.

(Edited by Thato Motaung)