MPs to declare financial interests

MPs have been given more time to disclose financial interests & submit their declarations to parliament.

FILE. MPs have been given more time to disclose financial interests & submit their declarations to parliament. Picture: GCIS

CAPE TOWN - Members of Parliament have been given extra time to disclose their financial interests to Parliament.

The deadline for them to submit their declarations was next week.

But the joint committee on ethics and members' interests has decided the deadline should be extended.

The rules state that MPs must disclose their interests within 30 days of Parliament opening.

It has now been decided to give MPs until 17 August to make their declarations.

The ethics committee says this will give new MPs time to understand the process and disclose accurately anything that could create a conflict of interest in their work.

A number of new MPs are involved in businesses, some of which have contracts with the government.