- President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that all top government officials will have to undergo lifestyle audits
- Some ministers have welcomed these audits saying it would clear them of perceived wrongs
- Ramaphosa also said he would announce his Cabinet once appropriate consultation had been completed.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has taken another anti-corruption measure with his announcement that all top government officials would undergo lifestyle audits.
Ramaphosa said the time had come to implement resolutions taken by the African National Congress (ANC) and hold those in people in power accountable for their conduct.
Lifestyle audits will also be conducted on top officials of the South African Police Service (SAPS). “I am heartened to have heard that the commissioner of police has also said that the high-echelon of police will also go through lifestyle audits. Now that is positive.”
Briefly.co.za gathered that ministers have welcomed the proposed lifestyle audits. Some ministers feel that the public are judging them on perceptions and not reality and the audits would clear them of any perceived wrongdoings.
Police Minister Fikile Mbalula said: “Yes, of course, I mean who will argue with that? The ANC started first to say it must happen within the organisation some years ago. You can’t ask for lifestyle audits in the public and then you lead the executive, you don’t want it to be done to you.”
Meanwhile, Ramaphosa has urged opposition parties and the South African public to be patient when it comes to expecting his reshuffled cabinet.
Ramaphosa said he would announce his cabinet once the appropriate and broad consultative process was completed.
He also promised to drastically reduce the bloated public service, but said these changes would take time to implement in the correct manner.
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