Fines, penalties for non-compliance
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