Opinion: Xolani Gwala on South Africa's ethical dilemma

The Chartered Institute of Government Finance, Audit & Risk Officers (Cigfaro) will conclude it's Audit Risk Indaba in Cape Town on Wednesday.

Speaking on a session he attended this week, 702's Xolani Gwala highlighted some of the challenges mentioned in promoting ethical behavior at a local government level.

He says the conference was exemplary of civil servants who are committed to their work and tackling issues of corruption.

Looking a one of the documents discussed in a session that I attended, it says the public sector in South Africa currently faces an ethical dilemma stemming from a leadership dilemma and failure or absence of a coherent tone from the top.

Xolani Gwala, 702 Breakfast anchor

They are talking about how corruption takes shape at this level of government. It was such an important and brave conference I thought because these are the people on a day to day basis who are faced with these issues.

Xolani Gwala, 702 Breakfast anchor

People were upfront. Somebody actually stood up and said, the way municipalities are structured are inherently corrupt because if you are a financial officer and you are trying to deal with corruption, you have to report to the very people who are actually behind the corruption.

Xolani Gwala, 702 Breakfast anchor

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