[LISTEN] How to ensure politicians behave ethically

How do we get public servants to behave more ethically?

Eusebius Mckaiser engaged political analysts Dr Sithembile Mbete and Karima Brown on ethics and politics in light of the current debate about the power and status of the ANC's Integrity Commission.

The commission only deals with issues referred from the NEC and their terms of reference are also determined by the NEC.

It has recently recommended that ANC members implicated in the VBS Mutual bank report step aside. It has also made a number of recommendation in the past but some have not been followed through.

Just how much power does this commission have?

The idea of an integrity commission in the ANC was as a result of the fact that its internal disciplinary procedures had broken down. It was seen as partisan and unable to mitigate and be an arbiter over disagreements.

Karima Brown, political analyst and 'The Karima Brow' show host

It is not a legal body. It is there to provide leadership in combating unethical conduct and promoting integrity and honesty.

Karima Brown, political analyst and 'The Karima Brow' show host

They can't hire or fire or expel anyone from the party.

Karima Brown, political analyst and 'The Karima Brow' show host

In our systems of representative democracy, you can democracy in different ways.

Dr Sithembile Mbete, Political analyst

READ: 'ANC integrity committee deals with issues that are referred to it by the NEC'

The ANC has built up a set of values, a set of principles on how it wants to transform society and how it wants to be an agent of transforming society.

Dr Sithembile Mbete, Political analyst

The ANC as an organisation that has run to get political power should be holding people in its structures accountable.

Dr Sithembile Mbete, Political analyst

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