Ethics meeting postponed

2015-10-16 19:48
Dan Calderwood, News24

Dan Calderwood, News24

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Cape Town - Friday's expected meeting of Parliament's Joint Committee on Ethics and Members' Interests was cancelled because its members had seemingly been too busy with other committees.

The committee was supposed to have tabled a report on members' interests.

A statement released on Thursday said: "The meeting was postponed due to the intense programme of Parliament such as the ongoing Budgetary Review and Recommendations Reports (BRRR) processes which require full participation and involvement of all Members of Parliament.

"With the BRRR processes having been scheduled to keep MPs busy for the next couple of weeks, arrangements to convene the meeting of the Joint Committee on Ethics and Members’ Interests will be made in the near future and will be communicated accordingly."

At these meetings, the heads or representatives of government departments have been answering tough questions on their performance for the financial year 2014/15.

Public interest in ethics and members interests is keen mostly because it provides an insight into MPs' financial holdings and private wealth.

It is also a way of monitoring whether MPs have interests in companies that do business with government.

Last year, the committee wanted clarity on whether it would be a violation of the code of ethics if a family member had business interests with the government.

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