Joanne Joseph: Do we really want to display our wealth so crassly on Instagram?

R900,000 in taxpayers money was spent on Norma Gigaba's trip to the investor road shows that her husband, former finance minister Malusi Gigaba, attended in New York and Asia last year and this is not the first time this has happened in government.

In the same year, Western Cape Premier Helen Zille's took a trip to Singapore and Japan, accompanied by her husband for whom it cost R127,000.

While this is allowed in both instances, 702's Afternoon Drive host Joanne Joseph asks whether it is wise for people in positions of power to preach austerity in one hand and on the other hand to refuse to apply it in their own lives.

Anyone waving the ministerial handbook will assert there is nothing unlawful about it and they would be right, but what is the deal with a handbook that permits this in the first place?

Joanne Jospeh, host of 702's Afternoon Drive

Ethics should not only exist as a list of rules in a book. Surely there are values we should internalise within the context of the society in which we live.

Joanne Jospeh, host of 702's Afternoon Drive

In a country like ours with so many people who live on the streets or in shacks, who can't afford send their kids to school. who can't even afford to eat - do we really want to go on Instagram and make a crass display of our wealth and the advantage we enjoy because we are married into political power?

Joanne Jospeh, host of 702's Afternoon Drive

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