Govt defends Cabinet business interests

Govt says Cabinet members can have business interests provided they don't interfere with their jobs.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma responding to Members of Parliament during the State of the Nation debate on 20 June 2014. Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Government says the president, deputy president and ministers are allowed to have business interests as long as they don't interfere with their jobs.

This follows recent media reports detailing business interests of the new Cabinet.

Communications Minister Faith Muthambi has defended government, saying that members of the new executive have until 15 August to fully declare their business interests to Parliament.

Government spokesperson Phumla Williams says ministers, the president and the deputy president are allowed to have business interests as long as they fully disclose them.

"[They must] ensure they are not conflicted in any way in the course of doing the work of government."