21 May 2019

South Africa: Public Ethics Standards Should Be Upgraded to Match Those of the ANC's Written Constitution


The legal standards for conduct expected of public representatives and office bearers are inappropriately low.

The ANC led by President Cyril Ramaphosa has won a sound, if not resounding victory in the general elections of 8 May.

Despite Ace Magashule's attempt to credit the ANC "collective" for the victory (which is not entirely inaccurate), several opinion polls before the election strongly indicated that Ramaphosa's popularity comfortably exceeded that of the party. The party will be the largest in Parliament because of CR's promises of a New Dawn where corruption is dealt with effectively, thereby contributing to an environment in which the economy can grow and create jobs.

Data produced by the HSRC's South African Social Attitudes Survey (SASAS) has shown that, for the past several years, two of the top three issues that most concern voters are unemployment (and associated poverty and inequality) and corruption. The other is crime. These are the considerations that in all likelihood contributed strongly to the ANC's electoral victory.

The Electoral Commission (IEC) last week handed over to Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng the list of candidates eligible to be sworn in as members of the legislatures. They have met the criteria prescribed in s.47 of...

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