- Deputy President David Mabuza told opposition MPs that the proposed lifestyle audits of ministers and MPs would still take place
- The proposal was first made by President Cyril Ramaphosa during his first State of the Nation Address
Deputy President David Mabuza told opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) that plans to conduct lifestyle audits on members of the executive, ministers, MPs and eventually all employees of the state was not political grandstanding.
Mabuza was speaking during his maiden questions and answers session in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) on Wednesday.
Mabuza said, although no deadline had been set for these audits to take place, the government was still committed to the process which was announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa during his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) in February.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Ramaphosa made the announcement in an effort to fight corruption from the very top of government down to the grass-roots level. Mabuza said the new administration would not compromise on this promise.
“This announcement by the president is not grandstanding, but a problem. Lifestyle audits must be done because there is growing corruption,” said Mabuza.
Mabuza said the aim of the exercise was not to please but to promote good governance and for the new leaders of the country to once again lead by example.
The deputy president said the process would start with members of the executive before further rollouts were phased in as President Ramaphosa saw fit. Mabuza said corruption was a fact and not a myth.
He said the evidence of corruption which had been made public, particularly at Eskom, could not be ignored or swept under the carpet and needed to be dealt with.
Cosatu and various civil society groups have been calling for lifestyle audits to be conducted on senior government officials for years.
Currently, ministers and MPs are required to disclose all their financial interests on a yearly basis, this process is led by the joint ethics committee.
Opposition MPs wanted Mabuza to set a definitive date for the lifestyle audits to take place, a measure which they hope will help bring an end to politicians becoming involved in shady financial dealings.
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