The survey on ethical practices in the auditing and related professions conducted by the Anti-Intimidation and Ethical Practices Forum is important precisely because of its focus on ethics. The one principle of the rule of law that has been absorbed most deeply by those in power is that of "innocent until proven guilty". The repeated invocation of this grates for two reasons. First, because of the frequency with which it is invoked precisely by those who have so deeply corrupted our criminal justice system that the odds on them actually being charged — let alone found guilty — no matter how criminal their conduct, are extremely long. Second, the "innocent until proven guilty" mantra suggests the only bar to holding high office in the public or private sectors, but most particularly the public sector, is a guilty finding in a criminal court, and even then, plenty of latitude is given. Ask Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini. By focusing on ethics, this report suggests somet...

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