Metro scorns credit card claims

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS -

THE of­fice of the ex­ec­u­tive mayor in the City of Ekurhu­leni has de­nied so­cial me­dia al­le­ga­tions lev­elled against its of­fi­cials re­gard­ing al­leged abuse of a govern­ment credit card.

Twit­ter user @Cal­lMeVoto wrote on Twit­ter: “The MMC Le­siba Mpya from Ekurhu­leni MUST pay back the money he spent at Sakhumzi swip­ing with an Ekurhu­leni debit card. #ANC105”.

This was in ref­er­ence to the ANC’s birth­day cel­e­bra­tions in Soweto on Sun­day.

How­ever, the of­fice of the mayor is­sued a state­ment yes­ter­day say­ing the al­le­ga­tions were un­for­tu­nate as the City of Ekurhu­leni did not have credit cards for any ex­ec­u­tive or staff mem­ber.

“The two pub­lic rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the City of Ekurhu­leni fur­ther clar­i­fied that they were not at the al­leged venue at that time of the morn­ing. The two rep­re­sen­ta­tives were well within their rights to be at the Jan­uary 8 fes­tiv­i­ties and sup­port­ing the event,” the state­ment said.

The of­fice said the of­fi­cials ac­cused of abus­ing the credit cars were hu­man set­tle­ments MMC Le­siba Mpya and chief of staff in the mayor’s of­fice Reck­son Hasani, and there were pic­tures of them on so­cial me­dia. The mayor’s of­fice said that, as the City of Ekurhu­leni, it up­held the be­lief that pub­lic ser­vants must act and con­duct them­selves in a re­spon­si­ble man­ner as they re­mained ser­vants of the peo­ple.

“This mes­sage was af­firmed in the Jan­uary 8 state­ment and we re­gret the sen­sa­tion­al­ism cre­ated around false al­le­ga­tions around the pub­lic rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the City of Ekurhu­leni. “As the City we re­main fo­cused on de­liv­er­ing ser­vice to our peo­ple and en­sur­ing that we strive to­wards unity and de­liv­er­ing on our man­date and so­cial con­tract with the peo­ple of Ekurhu­leni.”

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