Motlanthe gets the most gifts

2011-11-17 08:32
Cape Town - The absurd gifts received by Cabinet ministers and the surprising extent of some politicians’ property and business interests were revealed in the annual submission of the parliamentary register of members’ interests.

The king of gifts - or at least the one who most faithfully declared his gifts - is Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, who received 58 gifts this year.

Not all those gifts would appeal to everyone.

They include a replica of Soccer City in Johannesburg in gold and glass and six beadwork vuvuzelas.

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who used to receive the strangest gifts as minister of foreign affairs, has not taken a back seat to anyone as minister of home affairs this year.

Among her gifts were a Chinese tea service, a bird made of blue glass and a variety of silk scarves.

Her successor, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, apparently doesn’t evoke the same enthusiasm among people to give her gifts.

Either that or she is less enthusiastic about declaring them, as she reported only four.

Where to hang a wooden map of Uganda?

One of the strangest gifts was received by Agriculture Minister Tina Joemat-Petterson. Where does one hang a map of Uganda made of wood?

Trade and industry is another portfolio that attracts many gifts, and whenever the incumbent minister, Rob Davies, becomes peckish he has an entire pantry full of gifts to nibble and sip at.

He received wine, coffee, a ricotta cake, sweets, nuts, dates and savoury biscuits - and a drill, in case he feels like doing some work around the house.

One of the lesser gifts of the year befell Democratic Alliance MP David Maynier, who received 10% discount on his purchase of two suits and 10 shirts from a factory shop.

Turning to property, Salamuddi Abram (ANC) declared four large farms, Patty Duncan (DA) six houses, six developed plots and one apartment, while David Ross (DA) declared 13 properties.

Cope MP Tozamile Botha owns 18 properties, including two residences, but in fact he is the king of directorships, serving on the boards of 41 companies.

Other Cope members also serve on many boards. Philip Dexter declared 16 directorships and Graham McIntosh 11.

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