MPs reveal all - some too much...

2012-10-24 22:36

Cape Town - Numerous bottles of booze and an embarrassing business connection are to be found in Parliament's latest Register of Members' Interests.

It was adopted on Wednesday by Parliament's joint committee on ethics and members' interests.

The document reveals there are at least a dozen members of the National Assembly and National Council of Provinces who appear to own absolutely nothing.

This includes long-serving Deputy Environment Minister Rejoyce Mabudafhasi.

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

The United Democratic Movement's Stanley Ntapane may well be wishing he had kept his list equally concise.

Of the four directorships he revealed, one has to do with the "Sex Travel Agency", which deals, according to his declaration, with "travel bookings and accommodation".

Several ministers received some portfolio-appropriate gifts.

These include Communications Minister Dina Pule, whose admirers must have taken the adage "say it with flowers" to heart, for she was sent no less than 38 bunches.

Energy Minister Dipuo Peters received, fittingly, a "demo wind turbine" and a "solar light".

More ominously, perhaps, she was also given a "glass nuclear power plant model", value unknown, by the Guangdong Nuclear Power Corporation.

Former defence minister Lindiwe Sisulu was given an "antique compass" by the Chief of the SA Navy, which will presumably come in useful as she navigates a way through her new public service and administration portfolio.

Among his gifts, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan declared a R350 "stress ball", which might prove useful as he mulls his options ahead of his delivery of the medium-term budget policy statement in the House on Thursday. He also received a "facial hamper".

Among the gifts given to his predecessor, now Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel, was a book titled How the Poor Live on Under Two Dollars a Day.

International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane got a book from the Mexican foreign affairs ministry, Tequila and Climate Change.

The title suggests a possible reason for the long impasse at the 2010 Climate Change Conference held in that country.

Booze the gift of choice

Among the more unusual gifts were the two "chicken ornaments" given to the other Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane; a "look-a-like ostrich egg" from Zimbabwe received by State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele; and DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko's "red cedarwood carving of a kangaroo".

Livestock proved popular with some MPs, with numerous sheep given as gifts, plus two "heifer cows" of which Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti declared he "did not take possession".

Booze, too, featured large as a gift of choice, including several bottles of Johnny Walker whisky.

Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba received, among other things, the books Wisdom and The Mystery of Capital.

It is not known if he consulted them before stamping his approval on the recent massive government bail-out for SA Airways.

Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson was given an R800 fish. She also listed, among her land and property, a "flat" and "summer house" in Stockholm, Sweden.

NCOP chairperson Johannes Mahlangu may find the "khaki fever shirt" he was given useful during heated debates in that House.

His National Assembly counterpart Max Sisulu must be scratching his head about the book he was given, titled In Pas met Passie.

Among those on top when it comes to declared directorships and partnerships is Cope's Tozamile Botha, who declared no less than 62 separate entities in which she has a stake, including real estate, construction, general trading, debt collection, and hotel businesses.

Adding a touch of irony to the 505-page document is Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa.

She gave the location of her 420m² residence as Hartbeespoort, close to the eponymous dam, arguably one of the most polluted reservoirs in the world.

  • johana.salivan - 2012-10-24 22:58

    And? No one cares, editor will be called by ANC in the morning and this article will disappear from every newspaper...

      art5SA - 2012-10-25 06:18

      Minister Siyabonga Cwele got a "LOOK-A-LIKE-OSTRICH-EGG" from Zimboland???? Did they check the CONTENTS??? Ostrich Egg and Zimboland ...those two just DON'T GO TOGETHER.... and "NEVER A TWAIN SHALL THEY MEET..." Ostrich Egg, fill with "Nasal Candy" can be worth MILLIONS!!!!!

      jbm.moate - 2012-10-25 08:25

      Do u not just wonder what our president would declare?

      alan.jerrold - 2012-10-25 08:33

      I doubt that the 'real' gifts will ever be declared by ANC leaders. Bottles of whisky are one thing. But 'gifts' of fraudulent tenders and billions ripped from the public kitty - ah, now that's completely another. These 'gifts' will never be declared publicly by the Another New Corruption. This list is a farce.

      chris.braum - 2012-10-25 08:39

      As it should! The disclosure rule isn't there so that the public at large can have their fun or for the media to make that extra Rand.

      luther.kingsley.5 - 2012-10-25 09:27

      Isn't it nice to know that our country is governed by incompetent criminals and the law is "enforced" by criminal policemen. But the really scary part is that the majority of citizens approve of and love these criminals and will keep voting for them....sigh

      erich.goosen - 2012-10-25 17:07

      Am I missing something? Didn't anybody donate a pair of long pants to Marthinus van Schalkwyk?

  • lerato.ranaka.9 - 2012-10-24 23:28

    And Zuma recieved a painting from goodman gallery and a box of viagras from 'juju to strengthen his muscle's.

  • irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-10-24 23:41

    Interesting that Joemat-Pettersson owns two properties in Sweden. She obviously prospered very well under apartheid, or how else did she manage to mass enough money to buy that property?

      art5SA - 2012-10-25 06:21

      Only aquired these properties AFTER the ANC took over...

      beverly.young3 - 2012-10-25 07:23

      hmmm, comes to mind a profesor from GHT, who told me an interesting story. He 'escaped' during the troubles, and went to Sweden. Not sure of the year. He was welcomed with open pockets and given an apartment. Later he sent for his old mother, and she too was given property. Maybe 'Pettersson' did the same?

  • sally.lewitt - 2012-10-24 23:44

    And Zoo-ma got Zumaville and a few houses thrown in and some 'Beefed-up' security for good measure {note, not the tot kind of measure}

  • daniel.machet - 2012-10-25 00:16

    I reckon if mp's hold back on the johnny blue, we may be able to bring our booze trade imbalance back into check :P

  • jerry.medina.756 - 2012-10-25 00:36

    I will like to send all of them, the Mpigs a book by Michaela Wong. 'our turn to eat'. That's if any can read. How do I send one to the Pres and make dure he reads it?

      rodney.bevan.58 - 2012-10-25 01:23

      Would have to be a "John and Jane" type book with lots of pictures and little pop up things in the book, no more than 6-7 pages or he will lose interest.

      art5SA - 2012-10-25 06:22

      Maybe his speech writer will READ IT TO HIM!

  • gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-10-25 05:27

    Some have absolutely nothing? BS.

  • rebecca.pooe - 2012-10-25 05:37

    Sex Travel Agency,who is the PIMP? Msholozi

      Itumeleng Mokhine - 2012-10-25 06:53

      sex travel agency can be fine for mosholozi anything goes with sexual intercouse he is good

  • arthur.salvado - 2012-10-25 06:09

    mmmmm any one auditing these claims? I'm sure there are some porkies in there. Let's wait for some laughs to come.

  • nicolaas.vanschalkwyk.5 - 2012-10-25 06:27

    The only thing ill ever give any member of parlament is n goeie PK

      cheslin.white.7 - 2012-10-25 07:25


      croix.mactee - 2012-10-25 08:00

      Sure hope you don't intend using your hand - there are so many and the heads are mostly quite hard. You'll do your hands serious injury. Nevertheless: I am already imagining them lining up in the isles while one "TWACK!!" after the other echoes through the house! Wow, I'll pay good bucks to sit in the galleries ..............? I wonder what they'll enter iton the gifts journal then?

  • Phindile Manganyi - 2012-10-25 06:35

    agriculture's Sweden stole my eye more

  • StanSenamo - 2012-10-25 06:46

    Some members got a \cat\...

  • merven.halo - 2012-10-25 07:12

    "a "flat" and "summer house" in Stockholm, Sweden." In Sweden? Isn't Sweden one of the big culprits in the Weapon Scandal? How was she connected during those years?

      merven.halo - 2012-10-25 08:16

      @Hendrik - I asked a question idiot.

  • beverly.young3 - 2012-10-25 07:19

    Why would anyone give them presents? Anyway, its not what they have now, its the 'feathering' of nests for later. Connections are set up, deals are made and when they leave they are suddenly these enormously wealthy retirees....

  • Zahir - 2012-10-25 07:21

    These MPs are not given a full picture what about millions of dollars in swiss banks from arms deal etolls etc

  • long.tom.509 - 2012-10-25 07:26

    Why would a MP buya house in Sweden-quick out if it goes down the tubes,this was the one who said Zuma is a man of depth,questionable ?

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-10-25 08:00

    What a load of rubbish, who are they trying to fool. Oh only the stupid citizens. We know nothing is given unless something comes back in return, it flows through their blood.

  • sandy.sutherland.58 - 2012-10-25 08:37

    I wonder if this - "Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson also listed, among her land and property, a "flat" and "summer house" in Stockholm, Sweden." - might work as a sort of Time Share thing, as I am sure some of my tax Rs went into that purchase!

  • snow.maleka - 2012-10-25 08:45

    I Don't believe everything I read.

  • james.harold.946 - 2012-10-25 08:46

    Would it not be wonderful to have a president that is God fearing, Family orientated, humble, educated and with business sense is that to much to ask for? Would it not be wonderful to go up to your Black,White, Yellow or Green Neighbor and say good day how are you and your family today instead of wondering if you are going to get attacked, robed or even just ignored because of your pigmentation. Can we not just live in peace together, love life and enjoy are families and friends for this short period of time that we are on this earth. Is that to much to ask??

      archie.mooki - 2012-10-25 09:07

      wow it will be a wonderful country and this can be possible if all have the best interest of our beloved country

  • jonivdw - 2012-10-25 08:47

    Read this very interesting opinion piece by Moeletsi Mbeki:

  • wesley.bischoff - 2012-10-25 08:54

    Why ominously for the glass model of a nuclear power plant?

  • tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-10-25 08:59

    and if the ANC in Luthuli house did the same one cant stop thinking about Jackson Mthembu i am sure amongst his declaration will be Hansa Pilsner, Black Label (no that black label but Carling Black Label), JZ would have to disclose his SEXPO complimentary tickets and any item of his choice - the ANC in a nutshell

  • ralph.thornley - 2012-10-25 09:08

    BEST WORD OF THE YEAR Ineptocracy (in-ep-toc-ra-cy) A system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers. The problems we face today are there because those people who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living. Author unknown.

      beverly.young3 - 2012-10-25 15:22


      gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-10-26 08:12

      How about kleptocracy, or idiocracy? They need not be expanded upon.

  • Willie - 2012-10-25 09:08


  • quartus.vanzyl - 2012-10-25 09:24

    if they declared everything they have really received, the report would have been 5000 pages long, and we would all be dead from shock!

  • Hemlock - 2012-10-25 13:50

    I would love to see a list of what was NOT declared.....I think my eyes would pop!

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-10-25 14:02

    Are you sure the yummies didn't get overlooked?>

  • christopher.m.lowe - 2012-10-25 17:08

    "Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson was given an R800 fish." For being such a useless minister, she should rather have been given a klap!

  • matsieddy.malebatso - 2012-10-26 03:09

    I bet those who got the bOoks didn't read them, and they are not going to.

  • riotousr - 2012-10-26 08:53

    Sex Travel Agency

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