Spotlight on Ruth Bhengu

South African Parliament. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - Parliament's joint committee on ethics and members' interests has highlighted a potential conflict of interest involving senior Member of Parliament (MP) Ruth Bhengu.

She is affiliated to a company which sells fuel to the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco).

Bhengu also serves as chair of parliament's transport portfolio committee.

Co-chairperson of the joint committee, Ben Turok, says Bhengu declared her interests in the fuel company, so she has not broken any rules.

Turok explains where the conflict of interest may lie.

He explains he has written to the speaker of Parliament about the matter.

Bhengu is an executive at a company which was allegedly negotiating an oil deal with Santaco earlier in 2012.

The position subsequently landed her in trouble with parliament's ethics watchdog.