He told the committee that "for purposes of managing public perceptions and to protect public trust in government authority, the service rendered cannot and should not be allowed to be free of charge".
Makwetla told the ethics committee that he had known the Watson brothers, including Bosasa CEO Gavin Watson from the "struggle days". He indicated that Gavin Watson assisted with the installation of the security infrastructure at his home after a burglary in January 2016. At that time of year, Makwetla could not obtain a service provider to provide the service as companies were closed, heard the committee.
He told the committee that Watson had dispatched a team immediately to install security infrastructure at his home. But when he requested a quotation, Watson refused to provide one.
"The member [Makwetla] indicates that when he spoke to Mr Watson about it, Mr Watson said that the member cannot expect him to charge a comrade," the report reads.
Makwetla disagreed with this view and indicated that he had pleaded with Watson to send him the bill - and even indicated that he had intended to escalate the matter to the ANC and national president at the time, Jacob Zuma. However, due to the difficult environment that had played out in the party, it had become virtually impossible for him to do so, reads the report.
The committee found that Makwetla breached the code for his failure to disclose the benefit, and that he also breached the public trust placed in him as an MP when he allowed a company that was contracted to his department to conduct work - which was not paid for - at his private residence.