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ANC wants DA MP’s investigated over failed financial declarations

By Charl Bosch - Oct 30, 2015
ANC wants DA MP’s investigated over failed financial declarations

The ruling African National Congress (ANC) has called for an investigation into the failed disclosure of financial interest by eleven members of the Democratic Alliance (DA).

In an entry on Polticsweb, ANC Spokesperson in the Office of Chief Whip Stone Sizani, Moloto Mothapo, said 478 out of the 490 MP’s submitted their interests to Parliament’s ethics code in time, while nine others failed to disclose before the imposed deadline.

He however stated that the DA’s failure to provide exact details of eleven members, raises series concern that they might have benefited from outside Parliament activates.

“It is matter of public knowledge that several DA MPs, who contested various leadership positions relating to the party’s electoral conference earlier this year, personally received financial sponsorships to aid their respective campaigns,” Mothapo said.

“We are mindful of the fact that currently there is no legislation directly regulating disclosure of private funding of political parties. However, these MPs cannot use this fact as a scapegoat as the benefits they may have received around their own campaigns, were handed to them personally”.

MP’s implicated are party leader Mmusi Maimane, Shadow Minister of Health Wilmot James, Federal Chairperson James Selfe, Deputy Federal Chairpersons Makashule Gana and Desiree van der Walt, Shadow Minister of International Relations Stevens Mokgalapa, Shadow Minister of Public Service and Administration Joe McGluwa as well as his Deputy Andricus van der Westhuizen, Deputy Federal Council Chairperson Thomas Walters, Deputy Shadow Minister of Finance Alf Lees, and Shadow Minister of State Security Dirk Stubbe.

Mothapo also stated that is a well-known that both Maimane and James, who were contesting for the party’s leadership earlier this year, received outside financial backing as a result of running expensive campaigns.

“These MPs cannot claim to have disclosed their sponsorships in the confidential section of the register as the code is clear that such personal donations are not regarded as confidential,” he said.

“Providing incorrect or misleading information to the committee is a serious offence, and therefore if our suspicions are correct, these MPs must face the harshest and most appropriate sanctions as provided for by the code”.

No comment as yet been made by the DA.