Fines, penal­ties for non-com­pli­ance

Daily News - - NEWS - SIYABONGA MKHWANAZI

SPEAKER Baleka Mbete is not the only one who was in the cross-hairs of the ethics com­mit­tee in Par­lia­ment as it im­posed fines on sev­eral MPs who made late fi­nan­cial dis­clo­sures.

While Mbete was let off the hook over a sep­a­rate mat­ter, the ethics com­mit­tee fined some of the MPs who did not sub­mit their fi­nan­cial dis­clo­sures on time.

MPs are re­quired to dis­close their fi­nan­cial in­ter­ests once a year and if they miss the dead­line the com­mit­tee has pow­ers to act against them.

In a report tabled in Par­lia­ment the com­mit­tee in­ves­ti­gated 14 MPs who missed the dead­line to file their dis­clo­sures.

ANC MP Phumzile Mn­guni was fined a month’s salary and stripped some of the ben­e­fits for a month and will be rep­ri­manded in the House for miss­ing the dead­line.

Mn­guni had sub­mit­ted his fi­nan­cial in­ter­ests 64 days late.

EFF MP Te­boho Mok­wele was also fined a month’s salary and stripped of the ben­e­fits for the same pe­riod.

She sub­mit­ted her fi­nan­cial dis­clo­sures 62 days late.

Another EFF MP Nazier Paulsen was found guilty of fail­ing to sub­mit his dis­clo­sure forms on time.

He de­clared his fi­nan­cial in­ter­ests 64 days late.

Paulse was also fined a month’s salary and would be stripped of some of the ben­e­fits for the same pe­riod. He would also be rep­ri­manded in the House for his con­duct.

Other MPs who were in­ves­ti­gated by the com­mit­tee for sub­mit­ting their dis­clo­sures late were cleared.

The com­mit­tee found there were valid rea­sons for the late sub­mis­sion and there was no need to act against them.

The dec­la­ra­tion of fi­nan­cial in­ter­ests was nec­es­sary to avoid a con­flict of in­ter­est be­tween MPs and pri­vate com­pa­nies and en­ti­ties.

The ethics com­mit­tee had first set the dead­line for MPs to de­clare their fi­nan­cial in­ter­ests on Au­gust 31 last year.

How­ever, this dead­line was shifted to Septem­ber 21 last

BALEKA MBETE

NAZIER PAULSEN

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