Parliamentary committee recommends sanctions against 2 ANC MPs

14 complaints against various MPs have been dealt with by the committee in recent months.

FILE. 14 complaints against various MPs have been dealt with in recent months.Picture: GCIS

CAPE TOWN - Parliament's Joint Committee on Ethics and Members' Interests has recommended sanctions against an African National Congress (ANC) lawmaker accused of inciting violence and another who was implicated in wrongdoing by the Public Protector.

The committee has also fined Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane and his colleague Makashule Gana for not disclosing donations they received while campaigning for leadership positions in their party last year.

The DA claims the committee did not follow due process, and says it will challenge the ruling against Maimane in court.

Fourteen complaints against various Members of Parliament (MPs) have been dealt with by the committee in recent months.

The committee has decided that ANC MP Pule Mabe was in the wrong when his company KG Media benefited from a contract with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) without correct tender processes being followed.

The committee's co-chair Amos Masondo says, "The committee found that he contravened the coalition of public office bearers, doing business with the state."

ANC MP Bongani Mkongi, who suggested on social media that people burn down a Cape Town building where a Zuma Must Fall banner had been erected, faces having part of his salary docked.

Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson however is off the hook for trying to stop the Public Protector's probe into a dodgy tender when she was minister of agriculture, forestry and fisheries in 2013.

The committee says the incident took place before the new, strengthened, code of conduct for MPs came into place, and so its hands are tied.