CAs must be honest
ACCOUNTANTS should do their work with honesty and integrity, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said.
"The numbers that you produce have a wider societal impact," he told the SA Institute of Professional Accountants (Saipa) conference in Boksburg, Ekurhuleni.
"On your profession rests our expectations that you will do your work with integrity. You are called to contribute positively to the growth of the country."
Gordhan said the 2008 global financial crisis was a result of wrong decisions, and a lack of honesty and integrity. One of the lessons learnt during the crisis was that decisions made today affected future generations.
"If something looks okay this week or this month, it does not mean we are on the right path."
Gordhan said Saipa could offer work experience to unemployed graduates. He said research had proven that if people did not get jobs before the age of 25, it was difficult for them to find work.