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Johannesburg - In an unprecedented move for South African politics, Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele will disclose her financial affairs on Wednesday for public scrutiny.
The decision seems aimed to embarrass the ANC-led government. Since the party ascended to power in 1994, some ANC officials holding senior positions in government became entangled in corruption, including tender irregularities, fraud and nepotism.
Ramphele’s move comes during a week when Public Protector Thuli Madonsela is expected to release her report into President Jacob Zuma’s controversial multimillion-rand upgrades to his private Nkandla residence.
Agang said the decision was is line with the party’s anti-corruption commitment and promoting transparency and accountability in public office.
“Ramphele will open her financial affairs to scrutiny and challenge the leaders of all other political parties, starting with President Jacob Zuma, to take the public into their confidence about what they own and how they acquired their assets,” said Agang on Monday.
It warned that South Africa was at a crossroads and that unless citizens acted against rampant corruption, it would rob the country and its citizens of their future.
“It is important to have transparency about how all public officials make their money, to ensure they have no conflicts of interest and are not beholden to anybody when making public policy or decisions about who benefits from government business.”
On Monday, the Seriti Commission of Inquiry into the controversial 1999 arms deal finally resumed amid suspicions that some politicians had unduly benefited from arms suppliers.
Ramphele’s decision also came less than a week after the Pretoria High Court upheld the Supreme Court of Appeal’s ruling last year ordering the National Prosecuting Authority to hand over to the DA the “spy tapes” that led to its decision in 2009 to drop corruption charges against Zuma.
In June, Agang unveiled its political policy banning public officials and their families from doing business with the government.
The policies also prohibit public servants found guilty of graft from running for office, holding government positions or receiving government contracts for five years.