MECs declare their wealth

20 May 2011

The leader of the Democratic Alliance, Helen Zille, gave her domestic worker a house valued at R750k because she did not want her living in a shack. Zille has declared her interest in the property in the latest Register of Member’s Interests. Apparently it is the second house that she has bought for her domestic worker.

Zille says that Grace Voyiya had helped raise her sons and had looked after the family for the past 17 years.

In her declaration Zille says that she owns her home in Rosebank valued at R2,5-million and is a part-owner in a cottage in Keurboomsrivier valued at R500k. . The second property she owns is the R750k home where her domestic workerlives in Parklands.

Voyiya is her only domestic worker and also works and lives with Zille at the Premier’s Leeuwenhof residence. She shares the Parklands home with her husband and son and daughter. Zille confirmed that while the bond for that property is in her name, there is a very clear agreement between her and Voyiya that the domestic worker is the owner of the property.

Meanwhile other MECs in the Western Cape have also had to declare their interests and Education MEC, Donald Grant owns two properties in Newlands bought from R1,3-million and R3-million respectively. He also owns a panel-beating and spray-painting business in Plettenberg Bay valued at R3-million.

Community Safety MEC, Albert Fritz owns two homes in Goodwood worth R900k and one in Yzerfontein worth R1,6-million. Alan Winde, MEC for Finance, Economic Development and Tourism has a R1-million house in Knysna and a R2,5-million house in Cape Town. He has a 50% stake in a factory in Knysna valued at R800k.

Robin Carlisle, MEC for Transport and Public Works has a house in Marina da Gama valued at R1,6-million and owns shares worth more than R2-million.

Theuns Botha, MEC for Health has an enviable list of shares in family businesses and trusts valued between R100k and R3-million. He has a share in a Pretoria property worth R500k and owns different sections of a Riversdal farm worth R10-million. He has four plots in Stilbaai, two worth R1-million each and two worth R300k each. He has another Stilbaai property valued at R900k.

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