Land-owning EFF MPs sitting on thorny issue

2015-10-29 17:54
(EFF website)

(EFF website)

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Parliament - Based on Parliament's Register of Members Interests, a number of Economic Freedom Fighters MPs who own tracts of land, might face a thorny situation if they should ever become the majority party.

Party leader Julius Malema and chief whip Shivambu were among the co-founders of the EFF, which espouses expropriation of land with compensation. The party believed land should be owned by the state and usage licences issued.

Malema lost his property when the taxman caught up with him a few years ago, and a house in Polokwane and a farm were among the properties he was forced to part with.

While nine MPs said they had nothing to disclose - which meant no shares, land, directorships, or freebies received - many declared more than one piece of land, with some owning vacant land.

Makoti Sibongile Khawula declared a three-bedroom house in KwaZulu-Natal and a four-bedroom house on traditional authority land in the province.

Nicholas Khoza owns a farm and a portion of land in Badplaas, and has interests in a trust property in Doornpoort, Mpumalanga.

Elsabie Louw declared a 180sq.m sectional title house in Bloemfontein; Nthako Sam Matiase a residential erf in Bloemfontein; and Lehlohonolo  Mokoena, a 1 400 q.m property in Vorna Valley, Midrand.

Tebogo Josephine Mokwele declared a  5-roomed house in Mogwase and Kgotso Zachariah Morapela a house in Bloemfontein and an empty stand in Smithfield.

Younus Cassim Vawda listed four pieces of land in Barberton, between 100sq.m and 1 000sq.m.

Shivambu was among those with nothing to disclose, and party leader Julius Malema had only a R90 bottle of wine to disclose.

Besides Malema's bottle of wine from the University of Stellenbosch, none of the EFF MPs appeared to be on the PR company freebie list, all saying they had nothing to disclose.

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