Johannesburg - Disgraced former Gauteng local government and housing MEC Humphrey Mmemezi has obtained a seat in the National Assembly.

His name appears as number 111 of 830 on the list of designated members who will be sworn in at Parliament next week.

The ANC national executive committee member is also expected to attend the first sitting of the National Assembly next Wednesday.

Mmemezi has been embroiled in numerous scandals in recent years and first made headlines when he was found to have abused his government-issued credit card while on an official state visit to Malaysia in 2012.

Later that year Mmemezi signed off on a R3 600 car allowance for his daughter and five other employees of the Mogale City Municipality, even though he was warned this was against council travel policy.

His former protector driver, Joseph Motsamai Semitjie, was found guilty in December of negligent and reckless driving after his BMW X6 collided with teenage motorcyclist, Thomas Ferreira.

Semitjie and his colleague were driving Mmemezi at the time of the accident.

On Friday at the Constitutional Court in Joburg, Independent Electoral Commission chairwoman Pansy Tlakula handed over the list of 830 designated representatives to Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng.

Tlakula said of the 830 people, approximately 42 percent were woman.

“The average age of our representatives is 50 with the oldest being 85 and the youngest just 22. The provincial legislature with the best gender equity is Limpopo where almost 47 percent of the 49 representatives will be women. The Limpopo legislature will also have our youngest representative,” said Tlakula.

She said the 830 people represented 15 political parties – 13 of these would be represented in Parliament, with a further two represented only in provincial legislatures.

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng said the first sitting of Parliament would be on May 21, followed by the Council of Provincial Legislature the following day.


Meanwhile, ANC spokesman Jackson Mthembu is one of the 249 party members who will serve in Parliament.

“I am honoured to be going back to Parliament,” he said. – Additional reporting by Sapa.

Saturday Star