Lifestyle audits announced for mayoral committee members

2018-04-25 06:00

EXECUTIVE Mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Athol Trollip has announced that as a show of transparency and accountability, the entire NMB Mayoral Committee will undergo lifestyle audits.

Trollip said the coalition government has taken a strong stance against corruption by freezing dubious contracts and suspending officials accused of fraud.

“We must lead by example, always ensuring that as leaders of this city, we are beyond reproach.

“This is why we have chosen to undergo lifestyle audits, as a reaffirmation of our commitment to being an honest, transparent government,” he said in a statement.

The mayor said that the Democratic Alliance-led coalition government in the Bay will work with various state institutions, such as SARS, during the audit.

“This is the first time an entire mayoral committee will be audited in this way, setting the tone for integrity and honesty in government. We are unwavering in our commitment to keeping corruption out of this metro.

“I urge (national) President Cyril Ramaphosa to follow the lead of this NMB coalition government by conducting a lifestyle audit on all of his cabinet members.

“As government leaders, we must be more action than talk,” Trollip added.

He said corruption in all three spheres of government in South Africa is deeply embedded and as such, high-ranking officials and public representatives have managed to amass unimaginable wealth through dubious means.

“We do not tolerate this in Nelson Mandela Bay. This exercise will ensure a level of accountability on the part of people, who have been entrusted with leading the City’s administration.

“Clean governance demands sincere leadership that is able to hold its officials accountable, be it their own, without fear or favour,” Trollip said.

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