Service provider appointed to conduct lifestyle audits for Western Cape Cabinet
A service provider who will conduct lifestyle audits on the Western Cape cabinet as promised by Premier Alan Winde before the election, has been appointed.
Premier Winde said: “Through a thorough tender process, we have appointed Nexus Forensic Services to complete our lifestyle audits, as part of our clean governance and transparency journey.”
He continued: “It is vitally important to me that the residents of this country feel that they have leaders they can trust, especially in light of evidence of state capture and allegations of corruption in the public service. As the Western Cape, we want to set a new standard for anti-corruption.”
“Through these audits we are aiming to build a financial and behavioural profile that we can replicate at the end of the term again to determine whether leaders have unfairly benefited from their position.”
As such, the audits will include a study of total income sources, large or significant expenditure or transactions, business interests, personal investments, individual assets such as property, vehicles, collectibles, cash and others, tax compliance, and financial liability. It will also review foreign travel, hospitality and material benefits.
Premier Winde said: “I want to thank all members of my cabinet for readily consenting to these audits, showing their commitment to this government’s values.”
Premier Winde said: “We had some initial delays in appointing a service provider, but I am satisfied that we now have an experienced service provider on board, and am pleased that we can start setting an example to other government leaders.”
Premier Winde will provide an updated media statement on its outcomes once he has studied the final report in detail. This statement is expected to be released in late March.
Larissa Venter, on behalf of Bianca Capazorio who is on leave until 5 February.