Included among the 14 items listed by Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula in the latest register of MPs interests are “a big purple scarf” along with a “wrist watch and defence headquarters miniature”.
The scarf was presented to her by Thailand while the miniature is from the Qatar armed forces.
Mapisa-Nqakula was also presented with gifts during interactions with the Nigerian Ministry of Defence, listed as a “defence gold plate”, and the Russian Defence Ministry, which supplied a jewellery box.
Flowers, bottles of wine, vegetables, bottles of water, a dinner for 100 people, scones, groceries, juices, vegetables, and “toilet towels and toilet papers” round out the list of gifts and hospitality received by the Defence Minister in accordance with an instruction from Parliament’s Joint committee on Ethics and Members’ Interests. She lists only a single benefit from Sekunjalo described as “Cape Town International Jazz Festival”.
Deputy Defence and Military Veterans Minister Kebby Maphatsoe is specific about one of the 10 items he lists under gifts and hospitality. This is a bottle of 30 year-old Ballantine’s whiskey given to him by the defence attaché at the Korean Embassy and valued at R4 900 which he justifies by writing “permission granted from President to retain gift”. He was also the recipient of a bottle of 12-year-old Johnnie Walker whisky, valued at R300, from the Turkish Embassy in South Africa while AMD gave him wine listed as “De Toren Z wine”.
Maphatsoe received three gifts from the Pakistani Ministry of Defence. They were a shield, valued at R150; an aeroplane display (R200) and a vase (R100). South African defence industry company, OTT Armoured Vehicles, gave the Deputy Minister a pair of binoculars (R450) and a Parker pen (R120).