Mmemezi won't go without a fight

Former MEC Humphrey Mmemezi says he regrets using an official credit card to buy a painting.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Humphrey Mmemezi will not go down without a fight after stepping down as Gauteng Local Government and Housing MEC amid allegations of financial mismanagement.

He said claims against him were clearly intended to damage his public standing.

The MEC is accused of making personal purchases using the departmental credit card when buying a R10,000 painting from a McDonald's restaurant.

He is also accused of misusing an official vehicle, as well as other claims relating to his tenure at the Mogale City Local Municipality.

Mmemezi maintains that some allegations against him are false and vowed to take legal action.

Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane on Wednesday accepted his resignation.

Infrastructure Development MEC Bheki Nkosi will lead the department until further notice.

Earlier, Mmemezi said he regretted some of his credit card purchases.

He said he was given the impression he could use the official card for personal expenses as long as he paid it back.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance's (DA) Jack Bloom said the issue is not over.

"There needs to be proper accountability. The DA will continue to push for an investigation into all his alleged misdeeds."

Bloom said if any wrongdoing is found, Mmemezi should face criminal action.

"We cannot have this syndrome where people resign and all the allegations against them go away."

To read the statement on Mmemezi's resignation click here.