Executive ethics reform is urgent as yet another Cabinet minister is in serious breach

CATEGORY: Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery
DATE: 6 November 2018
AUTHOR: Daily Maverick




 The last we heard of proposed amendments to the Executive Members’ Code of Ethics was back in 2011 when draft amendments to the Executive Members’ Ethics Act were published for public comment. This was intended to fill the gaps identified by then Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. As things stand we cannot be sure that President Cyril Ramaphosa and his Cabinet have made timely and full disclosure.

The Executive Members’ Ethics (EME) Act of 1998 has attracted much attention during the democratic era, both in terms of its conceptualisation and its implementation. The act is tasked with establishing the code of conduct for the Executive, which comprises the president, deputy president, ministers, deputy ministers and members of provincial executive councils (or provincial cabinets).

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