Fred Nel MPL

DA Gauteng Spokesperson for Local Government

The Gauteng Premier, Nomvula Mokonyane, must fire Local Government and Housing MEC, Humphrey Mmemezi, for apparently misleading the Gauteng Legislature about the accident damage to his official vehicle.

According to a press report today, the BMW in which Mmemezi had an accident in November 2011 in the Eastern Cape, will be auctioned off. Of concern is a comment by one of his department’s officials that the vehicle is not in mechanical running order which will affect the price that can be obtained for the vehicle at an auction.

This is despite a written response to my formal question in the Gauteng Legislature earlier this year in which Mmemezi indicated that the vehicle was in “good condition, except the left rear door”. He repeated these claims in the legislature during oral question time in March this year.

However, it has now transpired that the vehicle has sustained much more damage than revealed by the MEC. He also gave the impression that all was in order with the accident report and that the insurance claim will be dealt with through administrative procedures in his department. The question remains, why has the car not yet been repaired by the insurance six months after the crash?

The MEC has ducked my follow-up questions to him by continuously requesting extensions in answering them. These questions requested more details about the accident, the accident report and the insurance claim. Now it is clear why he has been ducking these questions.

The MEC has had ample opportunity to come clean about the accident but has not done so, therefore the Premier has no choice but to fire him as she did with her former Agriculture MEC, Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko when her vehicle was stolen. The precedent has been set by the Premier and she must act consistently.

The DA will continue to demand answers about the crash from the MEC and his department and will maintain pressure on the Premier to fire the MEC.

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