n Journal of Public Administration - Organs / mechanisms / bodies to promote ethical government in South Africa

Volume 37, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0036-0767



This article looks at the organs, mechanisms and bodies available in South Africa to ensure ethical public administration by its public officials. Ethics is internationally recognised as fulfiling a prominent part of public administration and pursuing ethical conduct in South Africa with its different value systems. The South African Government has introduced a number of measures to control unethical behaviour on the part of public officials and political office-bearers, of which the Office of the Public Protector, the Heath Special Investigating Unit and the Code of Ethics will be discussed in this paper. Measures to combat corruption or unethical behaviour should not be viewed in isolation from one another but should rather be utilised as a united front to ensure ethical public administration.

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