Ten of the most weird and wonderful declarations by MPs

2015-10-29 14:09
Glynnis Breytenbach. (Liza van Deventer, Beeld)

Glynnis Breytenbach. (Liza van Deventer, Beeld)

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One of South Africa’s MPs is the “director” of a shebeen, another drives an armoured BMWX5 and for another, the scenes that play out in Parliament day after day are nothing new – he has interests in the Zip Zap Circus School.

These are some of the strange declarations that were declared in the register of members’ interests. The 2015 register was adopted by the joint ethics committee in Parliament yesterday.

Ten of the register’s most extraordinary declarations are:

1. Sello Tleane, ANC MP, has interests in a “legal shebeen”, Ali’s Place. He declared that his financial interests in the business (1000 shares) was worth about R2000.

2. Glynnis Breytenbach, DA MP, declared that maintenance on an armoured BMWX5, which she drives, was done by Kirsh Industries SA. The company belongs to her close friend, the billionaire Nathin Kirsh. Breytenbach started using the vehicle when she was receiving death threats because of her role in the case against Richard Mdluli, the police’s suspended crime intelligence unit head.

3. Zak Mbhele, DA MP and the party’s spokesperson on police, declared that he was a director of the Zip Zap Circus School, a non-governmental organisation that does community work.

4. Pieter Mulder, leader of the Freedom Front Plus, declared a 5% discount that he received from Mercedes Benz. He and his brother, Chief Whip of the Freedom Front Plus Corne Mulder, also declared impressive investment portfolios with shares in various companies, including Naspers, Anglo American PLC, MTN, Woolworths and British American Tobacco.

5. Mcebisi Skwatsha, ANC MP, declared that he had received a bull, worth R7000, from the king of the amaPondo in Libode.

6. Mmusi Maimane, DA leader, again declared that he does work for Youth for Christ. Maimane also declared that he had received “Bunnababharm – 25” from Somerset College. Could this be a reference to a bottle of 25-year-old Bunnahabhain whisky? This bottle is worth R2500.

7. Lydia Chikunga, the deputy minister of transport who obviously aspires to a more humble station in life, received a “traffic uniform” to the value of R550 at the Cross-Border Road Transport Agency.

8. Nozabelo Bhengu, ANC MP, apparently took the declaration very seriously and also declared the lobola paid for her daughter – R20 000 for cattle and R15 000 in cash.

9. It seems that the leadership of the EFF may have already begun preparing for nationalisation, because they have almost no interests. Apart from various trust funds Julius Malema, the party’s president, only declared a R90 bottle of wine. Floyd Shivambu, the party’s deputy president, and Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, its spokesperson, had nothing to declare.

10. Baleka Mbete, the speaker of the national assembly, and Thandi Modise, the chairperson of the National Council of Provinces, said they had no clue what the value of the bric-a-brac they received was. The value of the gifts is listed as “unknown”.

Mbete’s ignorance about the value of money is a bit surprising, especially when one considers that she again declared R27 million in black economic empowerment shares that she received in the Gold Fields transaction.
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