No need for politicians' lifestyle audits - Motlanthe

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Pretoria - Cabinet has not considered audits of politicians' lifestyles because there are anti-corruption measures already in place, says Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe.

Answering questions in the NCOP on Thursday, Motlanthe said the SA Revenue Service, Public Protector and other agencies already investigated people apparently living beyond their means.

"In the light of the above, the Cabinet has not considered lifestyle audits as it is clear that there are all these measures already in place," he said.

This comes in the wake of calls for lifestyle audits of politicians to expose those who are looting public funds.

The deputy president has urged people to blow the whistle on any official suspected of corruption.

He said anybody who harboured suspicions about an individual could blow the whistle to SARS, to possibly trigger such an audit.

"If any member of the public is aware that there is an individual or group of individuals who have ill-begotten wealth, the measures are there, the agencies are there."