Promote ethical leadership to combat corruption: Madonsela

02 Jun 2016 15:40pm
WINDHOEK, 02 JUN (NAMPA) - South Africa's public protector has appealed to Namibians in positions of leadership in the public and private sectors to aggressively promote ethical leadership to combat corruption and fraud in the country.
Advocate Thulisile Madonsela made this earnest appeal to Namibian leaders on Thursday during a panel discussion on ethical leadership and how it contributes to preventing corruption and fraud.
She told the audience comprised of business and political personalities that violations of the ethics of good leadership may always have some grave implications in respect of the living standards of both present and future generations of the country.
Madonsela said any country will suffer and pay a huge price if people entrusted with leadership positions take poor and unethical decisions, and the only best ways to run a sustainable business is to do it ethically.
“Corruption engenders wrong choices. It encourages competition in bribery rather than in quality and price of goods and services in the country. Corruption inhibits the development of a healthy marketplace. And above all, corruption distorts the economic and social development, and nowhere with greater damage than in developing countries.”
She advised that all forms of corruption and fraud need to be contained for practical reasons in order to maintain and improve the living standards of people, as no country can afford the inefficiency that accompanies corruption and fraud.
Madonsela is in Namibia courtesy of the management and leadership of local auditing firm PriceWaterhouseCooper.
She is the first woman to hold the title as public protector in South Africa since 2009.
International recognition of her work includes Transparency International's Integrity Awards in 2014.
Over 200 people were present at the panel discussion.