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DA wants ANC Chief Whip to set example

2012-10-28 22:23

Johannesburg - ANC Chief Whip Mathole Motshekga should set an example to MPs and reveal his interests, the DA said on Sunday.

The register of MPs' interests was presented to Parliament's joint committee on ethics and members interests last week.

Motshekga "must take a harder line with Members of Parliament (MPs) who do not meet deadlines for the declaration of their interests", Democratic Alliance Chief Whip Watty Watson said in a statement.

"Considering Motshekga also missed the 23 August deadline, he must not allow this to cloud his judgement on this issue."

The committee's report, tabled in Parliament on Wednesday, contained the names of 69 MPs who missed the deadline for disclosure.

Fifty of the MPs were from the African National Congress. The DA, the African Christian Democratic Party and the Freedom Front Plus were the only parties to meet the original deadline.

The register is released once a year and lists gifts to MPs and their business interests, including directorships, property ownerships and shareholding in companies.

This allows the public, media and civil society to monitor potential conflicts of interest which may arise from MPs' gifts and business activities.

Contempt

MPs who failed to meet the deadline for declarations showed contempt for the committee's work and undermined accountability and transparency, Watson said.

The DA welcomed the decision to publish the names of errant MPs, but would write to the ANC Chief Whip to call for appropriate disciplinary action against those who had not submitted declarations in due time, he said.

"In addition, I will ask the ANC Chief Whip to set an example and maintain discipline amongst parliamentarians. He should not be part of the problem."

The register revealed at least a dozen members of the National Assembly and National Council of Provinces who appeared to own absolutely nothing.

They included long-serving Deputy Environment Minister Rejoyce Mabudafhasi.

She had entered "nothing to disclose" in her declaration of shares and other financial interests, sponsorships, benefits, travel, land and property, and pensions, among others.

Several ministers received some portfolio-appropriate gifts.

Communications Minister Dina Pule was sent 38 bunches of flowers and Energy Minister Dipuo Peters received a "demo wind turbine", a "solar light" and a "glass nuclear power plant model".

Former defence minister Lindiwe Sisulu was given an "antique compass" by the Chief of the SA Navy, and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan declared a R350 "stress ball" and a "facial hamper".

Congress of the People MP Tozamile Botha declared she had stakes in 62 entities, including real estate, construction, general trading, debt collection, and hotel businesses.

       

Comments
  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-10-28 22:46

    Leading by example.... they mean he should resign?

      luther.kingsley.5 - 2012-10-29 02:27

      I'm glad I dont work for the DA, must be so frustrating to deal with these people on a daily basis... and not just at government level. Adults in key positions behaving like this, what a disgrace.

      beverly.young3 - 2012-10-29 05:55

      ha ha ha.....imagine if they all declared their 'gifts' and business interests? Receiving 'compensation' is the perk of working in governement'....eish what doesn't he understand? The career comes with 'packages'...

  • maruis.kleynhans - 2012-10-28 23:06

    Looks like the inability to deliver on time is a Motshega thing.

      yar.wellnofine - 2012-10-29 08:13

      Wonder if their kids can find their text books.

  • faizieishlah.shabalala - 2012-10-29 04:52

    Isnt this the guy who also said on national radio that whites should not adopt black kids. Rather they be brought up in state homes.

      beverly.young3 - 2012-10-29 05:51

      Yeah I am sure you are right, well....the question remains, are there any homes for 'black' children, and if there are, is this not dicrimination? Might as well ahve said, "mixed marriages not allowed" tsei....

  • angelinazeba.mothoa.1 - 2012-10-29 07:05

    No hard feelings :but no one lead by example @ANC,they are all corrupt and they all think 4 themselves.

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-10-29 07:18

    Rather complicated: he's married to Angie.

  • patrick.mettle.7 - 2012-10-29 07:51

    Wonder if Zuma has declared SARS as his personal piggy bank?

  • werner.dippenaar.77 - 2012-10-29 08:49

    "Compempt - Really News 24

  • parys.fotograaf - 2012-10-29 09:52

    I would not even believe that what they declare is all of their interests. Why would they declare interests that effectively defraud the taxpayer? There are so many ways they can have others front their bad dealings.

  • sihlangu.hokweni - 2012-10-29 10:30

    Does the DA wants to rely on 'gettin things down' by somoene who WAS ONCE SACKED for having ABUSED cANCer funds in the EIGHTIES? When they were still banned

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