South Africa: Zuma Rejects Vavi`s Call for Lifestyle Audits

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)
Wydham Hartley
24 February 2010

Johannesburg — Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi received another blow yesterday when President Jacob Zuma rejected his call for a lifestyle audit of politicians as a way to combat corruption.

Zuma’s rejection of the call comes in the midst of a row over African National Congress (ANC) Youth League leader Julius Malema’s rich lifestyle, allegedly funded by multimillion-rand contracts with the Limpopo government and local authorities in the province.

It also comes after most of Cosatu’s wish list failed to feature in last week’s budget. The rejection is sure to increase tension in the ruling alliance.

Zuma told the Parliamentary Press Gallery he had noted the public debate about lifestyle audits, but “within government, we have measures in place that regulate members of the executive as well as public servants with regards to the disclosure of [continue reading]

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