A lot has been said by most influential people in the country who are concerned about the chaotic nature of South African politics. Most are geared towards criticizing the government of Jacob Zuma and for south Africa to learn from its past mistakes and ensure better serving leaders. This time, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng spoke on the need for the nation to have an ethical leadership
Speaking on Monday at a conference at the Gordon Institute of Business Science under the theme ‘Serious Social Investing Conference’, the Judge said the nation is left with no option but to have a leader who is ethical saying such leader will easily influence the followers.
“Ethical leadership left no room for corruption and no room for the manipulation of politicians by the corporate world, he said.
“…when you are a leader you have the authority to influence those that you lead, and it is what you do that largely determines what those who follow you are likely to do.”
He called on leaders in the public and private sector to see to it that they exhibit features of ethical leadership to ensure that the country moved forward in a direction which sought to undo the wrongs of the past.
“We are where we are as a result of what unethical leadership did to us as a nation,” Mogoeng said. Adding that when a leader allows funding of political campaigns by the business community to dictate and influence how the people are governed, it will then give room for corruption.
Mogoeng further outlined that the forced removals of people from their homes, the designing of separate educational systems for people of different races and as well the exclusion of a large part of the nation from taking part in the economic sector of the country were all examples of what bereft and unethical leadership could do to a nation.
He said when a leader is unethical in his or her approach, check what those close to him or her do. When a leader does not shy away from taking what does not belong to him or her, that leader lacks ethics, and watch what those answerable to him or her are going to do.
“What you do… largely determines what those who follow you are likely to do. When the leader is unethical in his or her approach, check what those closer to him or her do.”
“For taking what does not belong to him or her, that leader lacks ethics and watch what those that are answerable to him or her, are going to do. They have the boldness to do it because they know, should he or she raise a finger, they will produce something”
To him also, those who followed an unethical leader would have the “boldness” to behave unethically too because their leader could not raise a finger, resulting in leaders and followers becoming co-participants in the “unashamed betrayal of the constitutional aspirations of the people they claim to represent and the people they claim to cherish”.
The chief Judge therefore called on south Africans to take drastic step to correct past mistakes by looking for an ethical leader who will focus on the concerns of the people.
“If ever there was a time to embrace ethical leadership and stop spinning, stop manipulating, stop relying on our supporters and sympathizers to do wrong knowing that this will be covered up in some way, that time is now.”