Business Day Live on 25 April 2016

The March 31 Constitutional Court ruling on Nkandla arguably changed our country for the better. Before this ruling most of us were blasé about the expression that SA is a constitutional democracy. Now we have been reminded of the duties entailed in being a public representative. Supremacy of the Constitution as the ultimate law is restored.

Our Constitution is mostly meant to prevent public servants from abusing resources entrusted to them for the welfare of all citizens. Through the supreme law, the state and public servants are enjoined to advance the basic interests and human rights of every citizen, without fear or favour. Two major factors hindering the realisation of these interests and rights are the absence of ethical leadership, and a lack of leadership accountability. As Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng said at a business event after the ruling: “Corruption happens because of an absence of ethical leadership.”

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