Metro scorns credit card claims
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.”