- An ethics committee has published a register of all gifts received by several politicians
- These ranged from cigars to bulls and BMWs
- Among the gifts was R864 000 paid for a vehicle by NEHAWU
The Joint Committee on Ethics and Members' Interests has released its annual register of gifts received by various politicians.
Most of the gifts went to ministers and deputy ministers, and the majority were small gifts of alcohol and chocolates.
However, ANC MP Fikile Majola received a surprisingly hefty gift from trade union NEHAWU: a 2017 BMW X5 valued at R864 000.
According to the register, DA leader Mmusi Maimane received four gift books, as well as socks worth R1 180. Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu was gifted a biography of Mangosuthu Buthelezi by Buthelezi himself.
Similarly, John Steenhuisen, the DA's chief whip, received a cigar from Cyril Ramaphosa, Briefly.co.za has learned.
However, some of the gifts were substantially larger. Mcebisi Skwatsha, Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform was given a bull worth R80 000 from a consulting firm and a R30 000 grandfather clock from Malmesbury Correctional Service, according to News24.
Likewise, Science and Technology Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane received a "scholarship donation" of R499 000, although it was paid directly to Howard Business School.
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The biggest gift on the register, however, was the BMW received by Majola. Although no allegations have arisen concerning the gift, the car does raise some questions - especially considering it was handed over by a trade union.
Briefly.co.za is waiting for comment from NEHAWU.
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