Government needs lifestyle audits

2010-12-09 13:10

Lifestyle audits needed to be conducted in the government to win the fight against corruption in South Africa, Business Unity SA president Futhi Mtoba said today.

“Your lifestyle depicts what you earn.

The lifestyle audit on individuals will help all of us to know how you created your wealth and that therefore you deserve the life that you have,” Mtoba told an international anti-corruption day summit in Pretoria.

Earlier Public Service Commission chairperson Ralph Ngijima indicated they intended to introduce lifestyle audits in the government.

Should this happen Mtoba said people would have to embrace it and it would become one of the conditions of service.

“It happens in many sectors in business; it’s not a new phenomenon.”

She said civil society also had a role to play in combating corruption.

Public Service Minister Richard Baloyi, who spoke at the summit earlier in the day, said public servants could no longer merely recite their code of conduct without internalising and making it their way of life.

Public servants needed to remember the code made no room for corruption.

Three key things that needed to be addressed to ensure the government won the war against corruption included the way cases were being investigated, discipline and strategic information management, he said.

Baloyi criticised the practice of suspending officials suspected of wrongdoing on full pay, saying this needed to be stopped.

“We’ll make sure that it is taken care of and becomes a thing of the past.”

Baloyi said if need be they would go to Parliament to ensure legislation to this effect was created.?

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