Gauteng government does not use lifestyle audits

By Jack Bloom MPL, DA Gauteng Spokesperson for the Office of the Premier:

Gauteng Premier David Makhura said today that no lifestyle audits to detect possible corruption have ever been conducted by the provincial government.

In an oral reply to my questions in the Legislature on this matter, he said that the provincial government had no force of law to conduct such audits, unlike the National Prosecuting Authority and the SA Revenue Service.

Makhura said that efforts were focused more on proactive prevention in terms of the provincial Anti-Corruption Strategy and Integrity Management Framework.

I am disappointed with this reply, as lifestyle audits are a valuable tool to fight corruption.

There are private companies that can do a legal assessment whether employees are living way beyond their means, which could prompt further investigation.

A selective lifestyle check will also ascertain whether employees have truthfully declared their business interests.

Corruption is a many-faceted monster, and should be tackled with all available tools, including lifestyle audits.