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Expensive and extraordinary gifts for MPs. Image : Pixabay

Expensive and extraordinary: Gifts received by SA’s lawmakers

South Africa’s members of parliament were spoilt with gifts and sponsorships in 2022. Here’s what some of them got!

gifts for MPs

Expensive and extraordinary gifts for MPs. Image : Pixabay

This week Parliament released the list of members’ interests, where SA’s lawmakers are required to declare properties, shareholding, gifts and other perks they received. 

The 2022 register of MPs’ interests reveals what gifts Members of Parliament received. From cutlery to expensive cellphones, and special tea bags to live sheep; the country’s lawmakers received quite an array of gifts last year.

The gifts MPs declared range from expensive to extraordinary, to say the least.


According to News24, Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande received sheep to the value of R 5 000 from a traditional leader in Mpumalanga.

While attending Interpol’s 90th general assembly last year, Deputy Police Minister Cassel Mathale received Chinese police cap insignias and Chinese tea bags.

Justice Minister Ronald Lamola received a hand-made wall watch from an inmate incarcerated at a prison in Kimberley, in the Northern Cape. He also received a bottle of wine and two bottles of Glenfiddich whisky from technology giant Huawei.

Lamola received two books from the Chinese government, a wall-painted picture from the attorney-general of Bangladesh, and a symbolic elephant from the minister of justice and prison reforms in Sri Lanka.


Minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni received a Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and Galaxy Watch Active from the board management at Telkom. At a cost of R35 000, the devices are certainly not cheap. 

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga received several gifts from schools, as well as perfume from Qatar’s ambassador and Chinese tea from the Chinese ambassador.


DA leader John Steenhuisen declared receiving gifts of Le Creuset mugs from the Taiwan Liaison office. He also received tickets to the Rugby Sevens World Cup from Cape Town’s Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis.

The Brenthurst Foundation sponsored Steenhuisen’s international trips to Kenya, Ukraine and the Republic of Somaliland.

The Foundation also sponsored a trip to Italy for DA chief whip Siviwe Gwarube. Gwarube’s trip to Germany for the Women in Political Leadership Conference was sponsored by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation.


EFF leader Julius Malema, who is a director at Mgagao Shamba PTY (Ltd) did not have much to declare.

Malema declared receiving a set of tea mugs from the Chinese embassy as well as a bottle of Grandeur Gin from local podcaster MacG.

EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu, declared a 991m2 property in Gauteng.

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