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New ethics council to ‘institutionalise clean governance’ in Gauteng

07 December 2017 - 14:06 By Claudi Mailovich
Gauteng Premier David Makhura. File Photo
Gauteng Premier David Makhura. File Photo

Gauteng’s new Ethics and Anti-corruption Advisory Council will be analysing the province’s ties to auditors KPMG and multi-national software corporation SAP to advise Gauteng premier David Makhura on what steps to take in doing business with these companies.

Both of these companies have been accused of enabling state capture through their dealings with the controversial Gupta-family.

Makhura delivered his annual political report in the Gauteng legislature on Thursday where he made the announcement when referring to the work done by the new civil society-led Ethics and Anti-corruption Advisory Council.

"I have already referred the KPMG issue to them‚ so that they can advise on how the provincial government should deal with ethical questions facing companies that do business with government. The same will apply to McKinsey‚ SAP and others‚" Makhura said in his report.

He told journalists that the departments in Gauteng do not do business with McKinsey‚ but that there are ties to KPMG and SAP.

Makhura said the new council was appointed to institutionalise clean governance‚ build a culture of integrity and fight corruption.

The council is chaired by former auditor-general Terence Nombembe. The rest of the members are Adv Fay Mukaddam; Nonkululeko Gobodo‚ founder of audit firm SizweNtsalubaGobodo; Puseletso Madumise‚ civil society activist; David Lewis from Corruption Watch; Prof Stella Nkomo from Unisa; Father Smangaliso Mkhatshwa from the Moral Regeneration Movement; Dennis George from the Federation of Unions of SA; Lerata Joel Motsiri from union federation Cosatu; and Prof Deon Rossouw from the Ethics Institute of SA.

Said Makhura: "This body is going to help me and the executive council to clean up government departments and galvanise society against corruption in the public and private sector in our province."

- BusinessLIVE