The Joint Committee on Ethics and Interests of Members of Parliament has published its register of financial interests of Members for 2019, which includes many freebies from telecommunications companies.
The purpose of the registry is to ensure transparency and to instill public confidence in Parliament.
All deputies (deputies) are required to declare significant holdings in companies, shares held and gifts received.
By making this information public through the registry, people will theoretically be able to get a better view of the factors that can influence the actions or words of an MP.
While many MPs take this seriously and have provided detailed descriptions of their interests, others have not disclosed their interests before the required deadline.
The committee is now considering imposing sanctions on MPs who have not disclosed their interests.
MyBroadband looked at the freebies that big telecom companies like Vodacom, MTN and Telkom gave to MPs during the reporting period.
Telkom only gave one MEP one gift: a Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone worth R11,000 to EFF leader Julius Malema.
MTN has donated various goods to good causes sponsored by Members of Parliament. The freebies included bicycles, school shoes and projectors for schools.
MTN’s only personal gift to an MP was a bottle of 18-year-old Glenfiddich single malt whiskey from MTN SA CEO Godfrey Motsa to Finance Minister Tito Mboweni.
Vodacom was more generous and sponsored Durban July, Cape Town Jazz Festival and tickets for football matches to many MPs.
The table below gives an overview of the gifts of Vodacom, MTN and Telkom declared by the deputies.
|Gifts, hospitality and benefits to Members|
|Telkom||Jules Malema||FEP||Samsung galaxy s8||11,000 rand|
|MTN||Tito Mbowéni||ANC||Glenfiddich 18 year old single malt whiskey||1000 rand|
|Vodacom||Obed bapela||ANC||Vodacom Durban July tickets||10,000 rand|
|Vodacom||Obed bapela||ANC||Cape Town Jazz Festival||8,000 rand|
|Vodacom||Cedrick Frolick||ANC||Cape Town Jazz Festival||8,000 rand|
|Vodacom||Pinky kekana||ANC||Vodacom Durban July tickets||Unknown|
|Vodacom||Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane||ANC||Vodacom Durban July tickets||R4,800|
|Vodacom||Charlie mathale||ANC||Vodacom Durban July tickets||14 142 R|
|Vodacom||Thulas Nxesi||ANC||Three tickets to a football match||R3.950|
|Vodacom||Lindiwe Zulu||ANC||Vodacom Durban July tickets||3,000 rand|
|Vodacom||Holomisa bantu||UDM||Vodacom Durban July tickets||Unknown|
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