Smoke and mirrors

2008-04-17 00:00

WHILE there will always be aspects of management which require confidentiality, the essence of good governance is openness and transparency. This appears not to be a standard met by Premier S’bu Ndebele who last week denied that the legal firm of Strauss Daly Incorporated was investigating any corruption allegations against former Health director-general, Dr Busi Nyembezi. However, a leak to a Durban newspaper revealed that Strauss Daly has indeed been engaged by Ndebele to probe the affairs of the department under Nyembezi and produced a report which the premier’s office has so far not published.

The fact that such developments as these have only become public by way of leaks and probing by journalists is almost as bad as the misdemeanours themselves. The premier needs to level with the public of this province. It is only frank acknowledgement of things that go wrong rather than attempts to cover them up that creates a reputation for integrity of administration.

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