DA leader Mmusi Maimane has been fined seven days’ wages for failing to publicize sponsorships received in support of their campaigns in the build-up to the party’s elective conference last year.
ANC MP Pule Mabe was provisionally fined 15 days’ salary and was reprimanded for doing business with the state.
Also, ANC MP Bongani Mkongi, who had earlier suggested that ‘Zuma Must Fall’ billboard in Cape Town, as well as the building it is on and its occupants, to be burnt down, was also fined.
Mkongi was fined seven days’ salary and was instructed to undergo a course for using racist language on social media.
Ethics committee co-chairperson Amos Masondo had earlier called on the Parliament’s ethics committee to fine the aforementioned MPs on Wednesday.
“The committee will recommend that the National Assembly considers imposing a fine of seven days for both these MPs salaries and they must both be reprimanded in the House,” Masondo asserted.
Following this development, the opposition party (DA) has rejected Maimane’s fine and vowed to fight the sanctions in court.
DA’s Chief whip John Steenhuisen said “Specifically, the DA will ask the court to set aside the decision of the committee which found that DA Leader, Mmusi Maimane, breached the Code of Ethical Conduct and Disclosure of Members’ Interests… Further, this decision, exercised by the committee, was an abuse of public power which adversely affected Mr Maimane’s rights.”
On the other hand, the Democratic Alliance has asked the police management to look into FIFA’s claim that South Africa paid $10 million bribe to secure votes for the hosting of the 2010 World Cup.
The world soccer body is seeking to reclaim tens of millions of dollars pocketed illegally by corrupt FIFA members and other football officials.
DA MP Solly Malatsi said, “Fifa is now on record characterizing the $10 million as a bribe… this confirms everyone’s suspicion that it looked like a bribe and it’s now confirmed that it’s a bribe.”