Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Former minister says new commissioner on ethics is needed

By Ofentse Mokae
23 September 2009

Former water affairs and education minister Kader Asmal wants President Jacob Zuma to appoint a national commissioner of public ethics.

Asmal, who resigned from Parliament last year, has called for a significant tightening of rules governing the private business interests of public officials and representatives.

Asmal who was speaking at a news conference in Cape Town is currently teaching law at the University of the Western Cape.

He says there should be an urgent national debate on whether senior civil servants should be allowed to have private business interests at all.

Asmal urged that reporting obligations should cover spouses and partners as well.

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