Year of bling for Mahlobo

2017-02-21 21:12
State Security Minister David Mahlobo. Picture: Lulama Zenzile

State Security Minister David Mahlobo. Picture: Lulama Zenzile

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Cape Town – Saudi Arabia liked State Security Minister David Mahlobo so much they put a ring on it - or him.

And they added a bit more bling with cuff links, and a watch.

These were some of the declarations made by Mahlobo in the 2016 register of Members’ Interests, which were published on Tuesday by Parliament.

Essentially, 2016 was a year of bling for the controversial Mahlobo, who was in the spotlight last year for allegedly frequenting a massage parlour owned by self-confessed criminal Guan Jiang Guang.

While Mahlobo had no sponsorships to speak of in 2016, no extra income outside Parliament, and no directorships, diamonds were his best friend last year.

In his declarations, the minister told Parliament that he had received a diamond ring, diamond watch, diamond cuff links, diamond pen and a diamond neck chain worth almost R30 000 from Saudi Arabia last year.

The minister also declared a bottle of wine from the Russian embassy, a pyramid silver plate, six wine glasses trimmed with silver, a crystal statue, a kettle, and glasses.

These were just some the declarations made by ministers and MPs in 2016.

The year was also a lucrative one for Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba, who declared almost three pages worth of gifts.

These included prunes, Nigerian grey and blue suits, cufflinks, coffee, wine, and a bottle of Johnnie Walker Black Label whisky worth more than R4 000.

Not only that, the bald minister was gifted with hair food, natural toner, lip balm and two gold pots.

Saudi Arabia was also generous to Gigaba, blessing him with a bronze watch, bronze ring, neck piece, cuff links and a pen with small diamonds in a brown and green casket box.

The only minister who didn’t seem to have any luck with gifts was Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, who had nothing to declare.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa rivalled Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan for the most financial interests.

Ramaphosa declared over R150m worth of shares and other financial interests.

He also has 31 townhouses and flats, has directorship of various meat abattoirs, a game farm, McDonalds, and Puma sports cars.

The deputy president has received dozens of gifts, including a bronze statue, a watch, tie, cuff links and books.

Wine was also a popular gift for the deputy president in 2016, as well as cellphones and books.

Read more on:    david mahlobo  |  cyril ramaphosa  |  malusi gigaba  |  parliament 2017

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