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Pretoria - Fifty-nine MPs will be named and shamed for not having submitted their declarations of financial interests in time to Parliament, the joint ethics committee decided on Wednesday.
Their names will appear in Parliament’s “Announcements, Tablings and Committee Reports”, a daily record of parliamentary matters.
The presiding officers of both the National Assembly and National Council of Provinces will be asked to reprimand the culprits in the respective houses.
Only three MPs were given a period of grace: two for ill health, and sacked communications minister Dina Pule, who at the disclosure deadline was on suspension, which ended on October 10.
This was one of the penalties, alongside the loss of one month’s salary, after she was found guilty of having misled Parliament over her personal relationship and financial interests.
The two ill MPs are the IFP’s Mario Oriani-Ambrosini, who has cancer, and Cope’s Paul Mnguni.
This year the submissions deadline was extended from July to August 22.
Still, a total of 62 of the 450 parliamentarians missed the deadline, despite written and SMS reminders.
Several members of the ethics committee expressed their displeasure at the attitudes.
During the committee discussions it emerged one minister, who remained unnamed, had reacted “angrily” when contacted for his disclosure, arguing he had never received the document.
IFP chief whip Koos van der Merwe pointed out as the disclosure regime was in place for almost 20 years, individuals had to take responsibility for compliance.
“Sars doesn’t write letters to us, but we know we must submit (tax returns).
“The minister, I’m sorry to say, he’s lying,” said one ANC MP.