Report: Annual Report of the Joint Committee, 1 March 2012
ANNUAL REPORT OF THE JOINT
COMMITTEE ON ETHICS AND MEMBERS INTERESTS 1 MARCH 2012.
Joint Rule 124(2) stipulates
that the Committee must report to both Houses at least annually on the
operation and effectiveness of the Code.
In 2010 the Committee considered 31 allegations of
non-disclosure identified by the Auditor General when the annual audit of
Parliament was conducted. All Members who were found to be non-compliant in
respect of the disclosure of interests were required to attend compulsory
briefings on the Code. All the Members named in the report complied with the
recommendations of the Committee requiring that they attend a compulsory
The 2011 Register of Members Interests has been
compiled, adopted and made public in terms of the requirements of the Code of
Conduct. All Members have submitted their disclosure forms.
The Committee considered 7 allegations of
non-disclosure. A report on the complaint against Ms Y Botha was tabled. Both
Mr Dexter and Mr
resigned before the
investigations were concluded. The complaint by Mr Davidson on
was outside the scope of the Committee. The
Committee is currently considering three complaints.
The Committee also has the mandate in terms of Joint
Rule 124(b) to develop standards of ethical Conduct for Assembly and Council
Members, and also to regularly review the Code and make recommendations for its
The Committee is presently
considering the Revised Draft Code.
In May 2011 three Members of the Joint Committee on
Ethics and Members Interests visited the German
to interact with their counterparts on matters related to ethics.
The Co-Chairpersons of the Committee in November
attended a Good Governance Conference convened by the Public Protector.
The Co-Chairperson of the Committee requested that the
Public Protector investigate allegations regard the conduct of Minister S
. The Report of the Public Protector was noted by
Adopted by the
Committee on 6 March 2012.
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