Declaring interests nothing new - ANC

2013-08-22 09:03
Agang SA leader, Mamphela Ramphele, has disclosed her net worth of R55m and has urged President Jacob Zuma to do the same. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

Agang SA leader, Mamphela Ramphele, has disclosed her net worth of R55m and has urged President Jacob Zuma to do the same. (Werner Beukes, Sapa)

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Ramphele reveals personal finances

2013-08-21 14:44

Agang SA leader, Mamphela Ramphele, has disclosed her net worth of R55m and has urged President Jacob Zuma to do the same. Watch.WATCH

Johannesburg - Politicians declaring their financial interests is nothing new, and the ANC adopted this policy years ago, ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said on Thursday.

This came in response to a challenge from AgangSA leader Mamphela Ramphele on Wednesday to President Jacob Zuma to reveal details about his personal wealth.

"President Zuma has been doing that for years, as president, it's a must that he must declare it. It has been happening for years, it's nothing new. But as the ANC, we don't brag in the public domain about what we have," Mthembu said.

Rather, the ruling party concentrated on improving the lives of ordinary South Africans and tackling societal inequalities, he added.

Ramphele claimed that Zuma had avoided revealing these details.

"I call upon President Zuma to publish his accounts immediately. What is there to hide? South Africans deserve a president that sets a good example for the rest of the country to follow.

"President Zuma has used a convenient technicality to side-step this requirement. From his inauguration... the president has dodged the issue for over 1 565 days to date. With each passing day suspicion about his integrity mounts," she said.


The presidency said in a statement on Wednesday night that Zuma discloses his personal financial details to Cabinet annually.

"Members of the national executive of government submit their disclosures to the secretary of Cabinet who maintains a register," spokesperson Mac Maharaj said.

"The president therefore submits his disclosure annually to the secretary of Cabinet."

Maharaj said: "The Constitution of 1996 and the Executive Members Ethics Act, 1998, prescribe the nature, content and form in which members of the Cabinet and the executive councils disclose their financial interests annually".


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