Local Government and Housing MEC, Humprey Mmemezi, was involved in another accident just a week after his official vehicle skipped a red light and seriously injured Krugersdorp teenager Thomas Ferreira. Mmemezi claims that this only a “minor accident” that damaged the left door of the vehicle.

This was revealed in a written reply to questions posed by me in the Gauteng Legislature.

Mmemezi was involved in an accident on 11 November 2011 at Mzimkhulu in the Eastern Cape.

According to Mmemezi’s reply the cause of the accident was “a slow moving minibus taxi that was indicating as if it was going to turn left and moving very slow (almost stopping) and suddenly it decided to turn right when I was overtaking and hit left rear door.”

The vehicle concerned is a 2008 BMW X5 with a retail value of R472 300.

Mmemezi claims that the accident was reported to both the Department and the police that same day and that the cost of the repair will only be known once the vehicle has been fully repaired. I will be asking a follow up question to obtain the police report information as well as to establish what the true cost of the “minor accident” was in order to confirm these claims. We also need to ascertain what the nature of Mmemezi’s visit was to the Eastern Cape that required him to requisition a government vehicle for the trip.

If necessary we will request the public protector to investigate the matter.

The DA is sceptical as to whether the full truth about this incident has been revealed. It appears that it will possibly cost more than R100 000 to repair this vehicle.

We require full disclosure about this accident and will not allow any cover up.

The reply to the question is available from the DA Gauteng’s media office.

Fred Nel, MPL

DA Gauteng Local Government Spokesman

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