Cyril keeps pledge on lifestyle audits for big guns

Date: 12 Sep 2018

PRESIDENT Cyril Ramaphosa has confirmed that the government will start implementing lifestyle audits on Cabinet members from next month, saying no minister will escape the process.

This followed the president’s announcement this year when he assumed office.

Ramaphosa yesterday told the National Council of Provinces that tough measures had been put in place to ensure no minister avoided scrutiny into their lifestyle.

The auditor-general, Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC), the SA Revenue Services and other agencies have been roped in to close the loopholes, Ramaphosa said, noting that the FIC would track the movement of cash in the various accounts of ministers in his Cabinet. “We should be grateful we are bringing these agencies. You want the time frame, I can tell you we will have this by the end of October,” he said.

Ramaphosa said lifestyle audits would also be replicated in the provinces and municipalities, in an attempt to fight corruption in all levels of government.

“Through this lifestyle audit process, we will be initiating a lifestyle revolution. Out of their own volition, the police have said they want a lifestyle audit. We would want this to be adopted and implemented in the leadership in the country,” said Ramaphosa.

“There should be no exception. We want the lifestyle audit to pick up the officials who don’t use their names in the business transactions. That is why we are using the FIC to keep track of the movement of money in accounts. Once the lifestyle audit takes place, there will be no place to hide,” he told MPs.

Ramaphosa said where there was corruption there must be action, adding that he would be the first to undergo a lifestyle audit.

He admitted some of the law enforcement agencies had been weakened, but they were strengthening them to act against corrupt officials.

The president also reiterated that they would continue with the clean-up of the state-owned entities (SOEs), saying they were the key drivers of economic growth.

The changes began early in the year in the SOEs, and they would continue to be fixed.

‘There’ll be no place to hide with lifestyle audits’

“We should be grateful we are bringing these agencies. You want the time frame, I can tell you we will have this by the end of October,” he said.

Ramaphosa said lifestyle audits would also be replicated in the provinces and municipalities, in an attempt to fight corruption in all levels of government.

“Through this lifestyle audit process, we will be initiating a lifestyle revolution. Out of their own volition, the police have said they want a lifestyle audit. We would want this to be adopted and implemented in the leadership in the country,” said Ramaphosa.

“There should be no exception. We want the lifestyle audit to pick up the officials who don’t use their names in the business transactions. That is why we are using the FIC to keep track of the movement of money in accounts. Once the lifestyle audit takes place, there will be no place to hide,” he told MPs.

Ramaphosa said where there was corruption there must be action, adding that he would be the first to undergo a lifestyle audit.

He admitted some of the law enforcement agencies had been weakened, but they were strengthening them to act against corrupt officials.

The president also reiterated that they would continue with the clean-up of the state-owned entities (SOEs), saying they were the key drivers of economic growth.

The changes began early in the year in the SOEs, and they would continue to be fixed.

By Siyabonga Mkhwanazi – siyabonga.mkhwanazi@inl.co.za

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