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Parties and their members have lost their moral authority and the public shouldn’t trust them

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ANC branch secretary Thabang Setona kicks a Black First Land First member outside Luthuli House during a protest in 2018. He was sentenced to 12 months in prison last year. Picture: Gallo Images
ANC branch secretary Thabang Setona kicks a Black First Land First member outside Luthuli House during a protest in 2018. He was sentenced to 12 months in prison last year. Picture: Gallo Images

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In its simplest form, integrity is defined as the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles. Integrity, therefore, assumes that those who believe in it subscribe to a set of moral principles that must guide their behaviour and actions.

The obvious immediate question must be, whose moral principles? This question is important when integrity issues relate to public affairs and, in particular, matters of state.

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