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THE DA in Gauteng has taken its fight for the expulsion of the MEC for Local Government and Housing Humphrey Mmemezi to social networking sites.
This follows allegations that Mmemezi had misused his government-issued credit card.
The campaign was launched in Joburg yesterday – exactly 30 days after Independent Newspapers exposed Mmemezi as having used his credit card to buy a R10 000 painting at a McDonald’s restaurant franchise in Silverton, Pretoria, in October last year.
The DA’s Jack Bloom said his party had launched the “Mmemezi Monitor”, which would count the days the Gauteng MEC still remained in office without being fired for his alleged shenanigans.
“How long will it be before Premier Nomvula Mokonyane fires him?” Bloom asked.
“There is no need for further investigations. Enough has been revealed that tarnishes his office and the Gauteng provincial government. His explanations for his credit card spending (are) ridiculous.
“He should go as soon as possible, but is protected because he supports President Jacob Zuma and has a power base within the ANC.
“Public pressure is needed to push him out. People are encouraged to post a comment on the Mmemezi Monitor at www.da-gpl.co.za,” said Bloom.
Mmemezi’s spokesman Motsamai Motlhaolwa said the DA’s action was a clear campaign to vilify Mmemezi. It bordered “on desperate tactics to win public support. It is disappointing that the DA (forgets) that the integrity commissioner is investigating. It is disturbing that the DA is trying to undermine the commissioner”. – Baldwin Ndaba