14 MPs could face sanctions over failure to submit financial interests

Parliament on Tuesday released its annual register of financial interests of parliamentarians for 2016/17.

The Parliament of South Africa. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Parliament's ethics committee says 14 Members of Parliament (MPs) may face sanctions for not disclosing their financial interests in accordance with the institution's rules.

MPs have been be given seven days in which they have to explain their non-compliance.

The committee on Tuesday released its annual register of financial interests of parliamentarians for 2016/17.

Expensive alcohol, tickets to the annual Cape Town Jazz Festival, diamond cufflinks, cellphones, socks, T-shirts and cash are but a few of the gifts that parliamentarians have declared.

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba's gift list includes dry prunes packaged in a maroon suede box, decorated with a gold ribbon, valued at R145.

Gigaba also received an item described as Sesotho petroleum jelly from his Lesotho counterpart and moon cookies from the Chinese ambassador.

Gifts given to National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete include a Queen Nefertiti sculpture from the speaker of the Egyptian legislature, as well as Vodacom vouchers, gospel CDs and Chinese tea bottles from others.

The Democratic Alliance’s John Steenhuisen received Durban-July tickets and Cuban Cigars.

In terms of financial interests, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared shares worth more than R132 million.

He also owns 32 properties and is a director of a number of companies including meat abattoirs, two local McDonald’s franchises and a charity trust.

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has supplied a detailed list of shares he owns, which includes real estate investments.

Meanwhile, the majority of Economic Freedom Fighters members opted not to disclose much detail about their financial interests or gifts received.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)