From an Nguni cow to gin and bitters

2013-10-16 22:12
(Photo: file, AFP)

(Photo: file, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town - One "Indian elephant" and an unusual bottle opener are among the gifts disclosed by MPs in the 2013 Register of Members' Interests, released at Parliament on Wednesday.

While at least a dozen of them declared they had "nothing to disclose" - including no house, land or property, no pension, no shares, and no directorships, benefits or other financial interests - other members were more forthcoming.

These include Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk, who in the course of his efforts to promote the country as a holiday destination, was given one Nguni cow and a "sabre for opening wine bottles", the last from the Cape Wine Academy.

His Cabinet colleague, International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, declared over 60 gifts, including more than R2 500 worth of "gin and bitters" from the Ghanaian High Commission.

Former human settlements minister Tokyo Sexwale, who was axed from his portfolio by President Jacob Zuma in July, also received many gifts, including a book titled 52 Secrets of Success for Business and Personal Leadership.

He was given a "set of surgical scrubs" by the CEO of the Smile Foundation, and a "small, three-year-old bonsai tree" by banking group Absa.

Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko, whose fashion sense was the focus of African National Congress interest in the National Assembly earlier this year, let show on her disclosure form that she received two sponsorships for beauty treatment.

These included "regular nail grooming" from the Zebra Nail Bar, and "regular hair styling and maintenance" from Wade & Co.

She was also among the scores of MPs who declared they had no pension scheme.

The man in charge of the country's spies, State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele, was given a R1 300 hat by his Botswanan counterpart, to be worn, presumably, when travelling incognito. Other gifts of Cuban cigars and rum, as well as Russian vodka and chocolates, will no doubt go down well on his next visit to a safe house.

Among those members who disclosed they had a part share in homes and apartments was DA MP Mike Waters, who over and above his two local properties, owns half of a three-bedroomed house in Australia.

African Christian Democratic Party leader Kenneth Meshoe revealed that his family had chipped in to buy him a R7 000 suit, while a friend had given him a R350 pair of cufflinks.

Other unusual gifts include the "silver braai utensils", value unknown, given to Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, who also received a "hand-blown glass bird" from the prime minister of Finland.

The register, notorious for its misspellings and strange descriptions, is hopefully wrong when it comes to Deputy Speaker Nomaindia Mfeketo's gift list.

Among those listed is "1 Indian elephant", of unknown value, given to her by an "Indian delegation". It is not known where she might keep it - under the form's land and property section she has declared "nothing to disclose".

Read more on:    politics

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.