The ACDP notes with interest that the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), Dr Zweli Mkhize, has met with the leader of the Moral Regeneration Movement (MRM), Father Smangaliso Mkhatshwa, to discuss a possible collaboration to instill ethical leadership in local government.

ACDP Member of Parliament, Cheryllyn Dudley, today said that, “The ACDP supports efforts by the minister to ensure local government benefits from the work of the MRM which seeks to mainstream shared common societal values such as respect and concern for all people; respect for human dignity and equality; upholding honesty, integrity and loyalty; and the promotion of responsible freedom and the rule of law and democracy.”

The MRM and CoGTA have agreed to explore ways that ethical leadership could be ingrained in local government leaders and integrated into the councillor induction programme as a social aspect of the Back to Basics programme which aims to promote good governance, financial proficiency, efficient service delivery and anti-corruption attitudes in local government.

Minister Mkhize said CoGTA will engage the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) (which is already in a formalised partnership with MRM)  to determine how CoGTA’s objectives could be integrated in the existing relationship.

Dudley added that, “While the vision of the Moral Regeneration Movement is appreciated, the ACDP does have significant concerns that the MRM’s existence since 2002 has not had a noticeable impact on ethical transformation nor has there been any notable positive influence on the bahaviour of our society in general”.

“The ACDP calls on Parliament to review the mandate and performance of the MRM, and to hold public hearings to allow society as a whole to evaluate the relevance of the MRM and make recommendations going forward”, Dudley said.

20 June 2018