"The narrative that corruption and poor ethics are only found in the public sector has been debunked in recent years with major private companies such as Steinhoff and KPMG being implicated in accounting fraud and dodgy dealings," it said.
Allegations of impropriety had been laid bare at various commissions of inquiry currently taking place, the government workers union said, urging law enforcement to start taking real action against perpetrators.
"Worryingly, accounting firms that should uphold high ethical standards have done their fair share in eroding corporate governance. What we have seen in cases such as those of Steinhoff and KPMG are ethical failures at multiple levels: Failure by auditors to perform their duties, failure by boards in their oversight role, and failure by the executive to perform its stewardship," the PSA said.
African News Agency (ANA)