Opposition parties have made a great fuss about President Cyril Ramaphosa’s failure to make good on his 2018 promise to subject his cabinet ministers to lifestyle audits, but they are missing the point.

Any corrupt minister wily enough to rise through the political ranks can easily put their ill-gotten gains into a friend or relative’s name, reducing the likelihood that the audits will net any big fish. A far bigger issue is the ruling party’s failure to instil a culture of servant leadership among an executive that sees fit to spend public funds on their own creature comforts at will...

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