Fred Nel MPL
DA Gauteng Spokesperson for Local Government
Did Gauteng Local Government and Housing MEC Humphrey Mmemezi report his accident in November last year to authorities or did he mislead the Gauteng Legislature in this matter? This is the crucial question that has arisen after today’s reports in the media that the Gauteng Department of Local Government and Housing cannot claim for repairs to its BMW X5 from insurance because they had no accident report to submit.
Thus far Mmemezi has only confirmed that he had the accident on 11 November last year in Mzimkhulu in the Eastern Cape and drove the vehicle at the time of the accident. He also claimed in his response to me that he did report the accident to SAPS at the time.
These conflicting reports require the MEC to come clean about the accident and what followed. As a prominent Gauteng leader he must set an example to society and his department. If he failed to follow proper procedure in reporting the accident he should be fired from his position by Gauteng Premier, Nomvula Mokonyane.
Mokonyane already set an example early in her term when one of her MEC’s vehicles was stolen before it was insured. She fired the MEC. If she is consistent she will have no choice but to fire Mmemezi if he did not follow procedure.
Mmemzi must show the leadership required by his position and immediately provide full disclosure about all aspects related to this accident.
I intend to continue asking the MEC formal questions in the Legislature until the truth about his accident is told.