Money, livestock, food packages, alcohol and books are some of the gifts given to Members of Parliament.
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Cash, livestock, food packages and stocks are some of the unusual items lawmakers have reported in the 2020 Membership Interest Register.
These are in addition to the traditional gifts of alcohol, books, clothing, paintings, air travel and paid accommodation that parliamentarians are accustomed to.
With the “new normal” brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, disinfectants have proven to be useful for the two men who are second in command of the country and Parliament.
This is what emerges from the register of members made public by the joint ethics committee this week.
Among others, Employment and Labor Minister Thulas Nxesi declared a check for R1 200 from Ascension Church Cradock in Eastern Cape.
The royal family of the kingdom of Abathembu “slaughtered a cow and a sheep to welcome the minister”.
Inkosi Zondi of Pietermaritzburg couldn’t compete with the Eastern Cape royal family when he showered Deputy Health Minister Sibongiseni Dhlomo with a sheep.
Lechesa Tsenoli, Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly, declared food parcels worth 40,000 Rand, PPE worth 30,000 Rand and painting supplies worth 30,000 Rand from Consul General of China.
Vice President David Mabuza has declared 21 bottles of King Mswati’s disinfectant lotion, herbal tea and immune boosting.
The Islamic Relief Organization offered ANC MP Lizzie Shabalala 40 food packages while EFF MP Kenny Motsamai declared food packages worth 40,000 Rand from the African Diaspora Forum.
ANC MP Dikeledi Rosemary Direko declared R15,000 in cash to buy baby gifts from Free State Prime Minister Sefora Ntombela and R6,000 of baby clothes and accessories from friends.
ANC MP Thembeka Mchunu, who is the wife of Minister Senzo Mchunu, declared R30,000 from Percy Govender for school uniforms for underprivileged children.
The controversial Jacob Boy Mamabolo declared a car worth R80,000 from Iscars.
Police Minister Bheki Cele declared an R4,000 VIP ticket for Vodacom in July 2019.
The President of Togo offered Minister of Agriculture Thoko Didiza 10 fabric pieces of African prints.
Speaker of the House of National Assembly Cedric Frolick said a R50,000 sponsorship for the players’ contribution to parliamentary world rugby 2019 by Access Facilities Management.
Frolick also said 5,000 three-layer medical masks from media group INL-Sekunjalo, among others.
DA Chief Whip Natasha Mazzone has declared R1,500 per month for Palladium hair dyeing and styling.
Deputy Minister Thembi Siweya declared R2 500 Ndebele pearl necklace from Esther Mahlangu Foundation.
ANC chief whip Pemmy Majodina said 50 blankets and 100 food baskets from the Alimdaad Foundation and 2,000 face masks worth R60,000 from the MTN Foundation.
Deputy Minister of Higher Education Buti Manamela said 200 shoes were donated by the Sizwe Medical Aid Fund Foundation.
EFF leader Julius Malema listed his post as director of the agricultural entity Mgagao Shamba and gifts including wine and whiskey from the Cape Town Press Club.
His deputy Floyd Shivambu and his secretary general Marshall Dlamini had nothing to say.