MPs get blankets, booze, laptops, cameras and toys

Waghied Misbach

Waghied Misbach

It's that time of year when MPs have to reveal their assets and gifts received, and this year's list consists of wine, cigars, clothing, cellphones, laptops and other expensive items.

The 462-page register of members' interests was handed to the media yesterday in parliament. It gave details of investments, property, directorships and other sponsorships received by MPs.

Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka had a list of gifts running to two full pages, including books, statues, paintings, pens and towels all estimated at more than R300 each. She recorded she received a jewellery box and DVDs from a Korean delegation and silver jewellery and other ornaments from the Indonesian government.

Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma listed one of the most extensive number of gifts, including paintings from the Russian government, dresses from various African governments, a crystal blue vase from Belarus, a tea set from China, camera from Japan and a laptop from the Chinese ambassador. She did not say how much the items were worth.

ANC MP Pierre Gerber again listed more than 200 properties he owns, including farms.

Defence Minister Mosioua Lekota received a miniature helicopter from Agusta Helicopters, 12 bottles of wine worth R1800 from the ambassador of Algeria, morning gown and slippers from the defence minister of Guinea, and a Roberge gold watch and ornament that he did not value from the Saudi Arabian defence minister. He also received a cellphone and accessories worth R4800 from MTN.

Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang recorded that she received two books worth R460 from two sources, a cow-hide blanket and Zulu hat worth R2500 from the MEC of health in KwaZulu-Natal.

Deputy Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies received cigars and tobacco products from the Cuban government, canned fruit from various organisations, an MP3 player from a major manufacturer and various other souvenirs all of an unknown value.

Deputy Justice Minister Johnny de Lange has extensive investments and his gifts are almost all golf-related He was also given a gift of 12 issues of Golf Digest, and given a tie, cuff links, key hanger and wine from the National Prosecuting Authority.

Public Works Minister Thoko Didiza received a purse, crystal glass, wine, stainless steel containers, briefcase and organiser.

IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi stated he had received many blankets of an unknown value as "traditional gifts on a number of occasions".