Publication: Cape Times Issued: Date: 2004-10-25 Reporter: Jeremy Michaels

Committee to Carry on With Probe of MPs' Non-Disclosure



Cape Times

Date 2004-10-25


Jeremy Michaels

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Parliament's ethics committee will resume its investigation today into some of the institution's top MPs, including one of the two presiding officers, Joyce Kgoali, and African National Congress chief whip, Mbulelo Goniwe.

Kgoali and Goniwe are among at least a dozen MPs who it is alleged did not fully declare their business interests in parliament's register of members' interests.

The ethics committee is responsible for enforcing compliance with the register.

Kgoali, chairwoman of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), made headlines last month when the Mail & Guardian first reported that she had not declared her directorship of Allpay Gauteng, the company holds a multi-million rand contract to distribute social grants (and pensions) on behalf of the Gauteng provincial government.

Kgoali declared in the most recent register of members' interests that she was a director of Sa Basadi Community Development Trust - a stakeholder in Allpay - but not that she as a director of the company nor that she received R2 500 monthly stipend from the trust.

Her then office manager, Moroka Matutle, launched an urgent court bid in the middle of the night to stop the Mail & Guardian from publishing the story on Friday, September 3, but the court dismissed the application with costs.

Goniwe allegedly failed to declare that he had interests in a fishing venture, Gwebindlala Fishing, and Ubunye Construction company.

With acknowledgements to Jeremy Michaels and the Cape Times.