Parliament’s Joint Committee on Ethics and Members’ Interests recently published the Register of Members’ Interests for 2017.
The committee said the register is published to ensure transparency and to instil public trust and confidence in parliament.
The register lists the interest of members of parliament (MPs), and the gifts which they received over the past year.
Telecoms companies are prominent sponsors of local events and provided MPs with tickets to these events.
A few high-profile MPs also received gifts, which include smartphones, from these companies.
The table below shows the gifts, hospitality, and benefits which MPs received from local mobile operators.
|Gifts, Hospitality, and Benefits to MPs|
|Vodacom||Bantubonke Holomisa||UDM||Vodacom July Handicapp – Tickets||R5,000|
|Vodacom||Comely Maxegwana||ANC||Cape Town Jazz Festival Tickets||Unknown|
|Vodacom||Azwihangwisi Muthambi||ANC||Jazz Festival Tickets||R2,000|
|Vodacom||Thembelani Waltermade Nxesi||ANC||Cape Town Jazz Festival Tickets||R9,000|
|Vodacom||Bonginkosi Emmanuel Nzimande||ANC||Cape Town International Jazz Festival||R17,000|
|Vodacom||Kopeng Obe Bapela||ANC||Jazz tickets||R9,000|
|Vodacom||ANC||Durban July Handicapp (Tickets X2 and 1X night Accommodation Stay)||R15,000|
|Vodacom||Makhotso Magdaline Sotyu||ANC||Cape Town International Jazz Festival VIP Lounge, Hospitality and complimentary tickets||R17,000|
|MTN||Comely Maxegwana||ANC||Standard Bank Jazz Tickets||Unknown|
|MTN||Pamela Tshwete||ANC||Samsung Note 4||Unknown|
|Telkom||Jeremy Patrick Cronin||ANC||Notebook||R300|
|Telkom||Godrich Gardee||EFF||Samsung S8||R11,000|
|Telkom||Bantubonke Holomisa||UDM||SuperSport / Telkom Golf Tournament||R7,000|
|Telkom||Mmusi Maimane||DA||Samsung Galaxy S7||R11,000|
|Telkom||Leigh-Ann Mathys||EFF||Samsung Phone||R12,000|
|Telkom||David Maynier||DA||Samsung Galaxy S7||R8,000|