Errant MPs to be named and shamed

Parliamentarians who failed to submit their declaration interests on time will be named and shamed.

Parliamentarians who failed to submit their declaration interests on time will be named and shamed.

CAPE TOWN - Parliament's joint committee on ethics and members' interests has taken a hard line on Members of Parliament (MPs) who failed to submit their declaration of interests on time.

Fifty-nine MPs, including a cabinet minister, are to be named and shamed after they missed the 23 August deadline.

All Parliamentarians must make annual declarations of their financial interests, gifts and sponsorships to curb possible conflicts of interest.

The errant minister was not named when Parliament's ethics watchdog met on Wednesday.

The committee registrar says the minister in question claimed not to have received the relevant forms.

But this didn't wash with African National Congress (ANC) MP Modjadji Mangena.

"The South African Revenue Service (SARS) doesn't write letters to us every year but you know you have to submit those forms. Why can't they learn?"

Meanwhile, disgraced former Communications Minister Dina Pule has been given extra time to submit her declaration.

Pule was suspended from Parliament for a month, just before the deadline.

This was part of her punishment for breaching the MP's code of conduct.

Committee co-chairperson Professor Ben Turok says, "I would suggest that we not seem to be too strong on the issues provided she complies because the issue for us is, is she going to comply?".

Pule will be given two weeks to submit her declaration and correct previous ones that did not disclose her romantic relationship with a man who allegedly made millions from sponsorship deals from her former department.