No ethics what-what

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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.

Uhuru Moiloa

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.

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