Anything to declare? Well, quite a bit, actually

Staff Writer | Apr 21, 2019
2018 was yet another interesting year for the gifts members of parliament received, from the sublime to the delicious.

As one has come to expect, the 2018 edition of the annual register of members' interests makes for interesting reading.

Fikile Majola, former general-secretary of the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) declared a 2017 BMW X5 worth R864 000 as a “donation” from Nehawu, Cosatu’s biggest affiliate, representing public service employees. Nehawu has not responded to a request for comment.

Science and technology minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane declared a R499 000 scholarship paid directly to the Howard Business School by Boston Holdings. Kubayi-Ngubane has stated that she wants to earn a PhD before her 40th birthday. Kubayi-Ngubane also received a fruit server dish, a vase and a Chinese doll. 

The ANC's Mcebisi Skwatsha consistently receives livestock, including a bull, estimated at R80 000 from Herschel Independent Consultants. In 2018, AmaMpondo king Ndamase Ndamase gave the deputy minister of rural development and land reform a bull worth R8 000, just as he did in 2015.

On the extremely modest side, minister of water and sanitation Gugile Nkwinti declared two-minute noodles and condensed milk. Nkwinti also received Cremora, hot chocolate and Quality Street sweets from Nestle South Africa when he attended the company's “zero water” launch in Mossel Bay.

DA chief whip John Steenhuisen declared a cigar for “good behaviour in the house”, value unknown, from one “Mr C M Ramaphosa”.

The EFF's Floyd Shivambu revealed that he received “cigars” from the Cuban ministry of trade. He also declared free tickets to the FC Barcelona vs Mamelodi Sundowns friendly at FNB Stadium in May 2018. 

Julius Malema declared an S8 Samsung smart phone from Telkom worth R11 000, books, and tickets to attend the Soweto derby.

ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu received a bouquet of flowers from DA leader Mmusi Maimane. Congress of the People leader Mosiuoa Lekota disclosed “birthday goodies” from Maimane. DA MP Geordin Hill-Lewis declared a R2 000 Fitbit watch from his boss.


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