No ethics what-what
Gill Stewart Gauteng
The ANC would prefer to have no ethics code or laws. They are inconvenient to the party.
Barbara Shaw Western Cape
The ANC is fighting the proposed ethics law because it fears being forced to divulge its sources of illicit income beyond the requirements of existing criminal laws – something it has so far gotten away with and continues to ignore. It really is a criminal organisation now.
Gauteng legislature ethics committee chair
The Executive Members’ Ethics Act needs a total review to include chapters for declaration of interests by the presidency, ministers and deputies, MPs, premiers, MECs, MPLs, mayors and members of mayoral committees, as well as senior managers of municipal enterprises, and directors of state-owned enterprise (SOE) boards, chief executives, managers of SOEs, directors-general, deputy directors-general and heads of department, directors and deputies.
These are functions where conflicts of interest arise, and it’s real. South Africa needs a national ethics and integrity act. The act must provide for independent national and provincial offices of integrity and ethics. The offices must be led by integrity commissioners who are appointed by Parliament, legislatures and municipal councils.
The offices must be financed by an equitable share of revenue or conditional grants from Treasury.
South Africa must understand that, to stop corruption, which inflates prices and affects service delivery, it is required to regulate ethical governance.
The Gauteng legislature has taken the lead in initiating an ethics and integrity act. We have a White Paper in this regard and will be making a presentation to the portfolio committee on justice and correctional services soon.