Manuel: Leaders must be held to a higher ethical standard

Johannesburg – It is not enough for politicians to declare conflicts of interest, extreme due diligence must be applied, said former minister of finance Trevor Manuel.

Manuel says leaders must be held to a higher ethical standard.

“The Act calls for extreme due diligence to be applied to politically exposed persons and their first-degree relatives.

“Just declaring it is not okay, you can’t steal and say, it’s okay I’ve told you I have stolen. Society can’t be built on that kind of basis,” Manuel said.

He was commenting amid allegations of corruption related to Covid-19 relief and the procurement of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Meanwhile, Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni said the trust has been broken by thieves assembling at his door.

Mboweni is considering putting an end to the emergency procurement of PPE and going back to an open process

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