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‘Ethical courage means doing what one values, above what one fears’

Thuli Madonsela is speaking at the release of the South African Business Ethics survey in Johannesburg.

She’s also touched on the struggle of having her powers as Public Protector challenged. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Public Protector Thuli Madonsela says ethical courage doesn't always mean choosing between right and wrong, but rather choosing between degrees of what's right.

Madonsela is speaking at the release of the South African Business Ethics survey in Johannesburg.

The report has found that 52 percent of people who have observed business misconduct, don't report it.

Advocate Madonsela says having ethical courage means doing what one values, above what one fears.

"What I have learnt with my team is that even the most decent of human beings face ethical dilemmas. It's not always easy to choose between right and wrong, it's often choosing between right and more right."

Madonsela says it's also about being able to go to sleep at night knowing you have done the right thing - openly and honestly.

She's also touched on the struggle of having her powers as Public Protector challenged.

Meanwhile, Auditor General Kimi Makwetu says having ethical courage means not accepting things blindly and being able to face adversity without fear.

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