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COSATU CALLS FOR CODE OF CONDUCT TO REGULATE CONDUCT OF PUBLIC REPRESENTATIVES
COSATU PRESS STATEMENT
Press reports to the effect that close relatives to the Mpumalanga Provincial Government MEC for Environmental Affairs, Mr. David Mkhwanazi have been employed in his department, have embarrassed COSATU and its members.
To hide behind proper procedures in order to justify employment of a Minister's wife, daughter, cousin and a sister-in-law in the department he is leading, is not acceptable and should be rejected. Any organisation worth it's salt and want a clean administration is justifiably correct to raise eyebrows.
The issue here is not correct procedures or prejudice of public representative's family members, it is about ethics, good and sound moral fabric of a normal society.
Imagine the MEC coming late for work driving with his wife and daughter. No matter what declarations to the contrary, it will take somebody with real guts to take to task the wife and daughter of the Minister. The Supervisors of these close family members should have a tough time in supervising these people. This then leads to collapse of discipline as authority of the Supervisor is undermined.
We call on all Ministers and other public servants with supervisory duties to immediately ask their wives and other close family members to resign from the departments they are in charge of.
Furthermore we are calling on the Tripartite Alliance to develop a code of conduct that will ban these practices and set guidelines for all our public representatives including public sector workers.
The bottom line is that, there has to be a clear difference in ethics between the corrupt previous National Party including its Bantustan governments and this government led by the democratic forces.