Council reshuffled, Mmemezi to still get perks
Gauteng premier Nomvula Mokonyane has, for the second time in just under two years, reshuffled her executive council.
MEC Humphrey Mmemezi resigned last week after he was accused of privately using an official government car and buying a R10000 painting, via McDonalds, and airtime with his government credit card. He was found guilty of contravening the provincial legislature's code of conduct.
Mokonyane yesterday said health MEC Ntombi Mekgwe would replace Mmemezi, and that economic development MEC Qedani Mahlangu would be put in charge of infrastructure development .
Long-serving legislature official Hope Papo will take over as health MEC, and Nkosiphendule Kolisile will replace Mahlangu as the MEC for economic development.
Bheki Nkosi, who was moved from roads and transport to infrastructure development two years ago, has now been appointed CEO of the Gauteng Gambling Board.
Asked about the controversy surrounding Mmemezi, Mokonyane said she would take no further action against him.
She said his case has now been referred to the Integrity Commission of the legislature.
Mokonyane said Mmemezi, who is also a deputy secretary for the ANC in Gauteng, would remain a member of the legislature with a "different salary and perks".
DA caucus leader Jack Bloom said: "Papo is scrupulous and honest, but the health department needs a very firm hand. [It] has had three MECs in two years."