ANC Gauteng Legislature
ANC Caucus of the GPL on the report of the Integrity Commissioner on the Speaker and Hon Mmemezi

ANC Caucus of the GPL on the report of the Integrity Commissioner on the Speaker and Hon Mmemezi

13 July 2012

The ANC caucus in the Gauteng Provincial legislature notes and welcomes the report tabled by the Privileges and Ethics Standing Committee Report in the House today. This report was the findings of the Integrity commissioner, on allegations levelled against the Speaker Hon. Lindiwe Maseko as well as Hon. Humphrey Mmemezi. This has been a difficult time for all members and we commend the Committee for demonstrating diligence in conducting the investigation. We further commend the members for respecting processes of the Legislature.

The Speaker has been cleared on all allegations levelled against her. This to a very large extent exposes that some allegations were merely sensationalised by the media in order to sell papers. The report found no wrong doing and we hope that in future journalists will understand the ramifications of damning unfounded reports.

We welcome and respect the decision of Hon. Humphrey Mmemezi, who has taken it upon himself to do the noble thing and resign. He has unequivocally apologised to the party, public and the Premier for the transgressions and we respect him for illustrating such stature in difficult times.

We urge everyone, especially the opposition within the Legislature not to use this matter as a political score game. The DA has raised matters beyond those which were investigated; if they wish to pursue them, they are democratically allowed by the law; however there are other spheres of government that deal with such.

We wish to reiterate unambiguously that we remain committed in serving our people diligently and with conviction. Hon. Mmemezi has reiterated his commitment in serving our people, wherever he may be deployed. He remains a member of the legislature and will execute his duties as mandated.

This has been a difficult time for all members and we are glad that the matter has been laid to rest

Issued by the Office of the Chief Whip (ANC)

Hon. Brian Hlongwa
Gauteng Legislature

For more information contact

Ms. Gugu Ndima
Media and Communications Officer
Office of the Chief Whip
ANC Caucus
Gauteng Legislature
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gndima@gpl.gov.za