Thursday, August 13, 2009

Corruption 'Getting Out of Hand' in Johannesburg

Yep, my home town. I can't see the point of these surveys, reports, studies et al, none of it will ever be implemented. The will is lacking. It starts at the top, with the idiot mayor Masondo who makes Malema look like a genius. Too many problems, too far gone. It's like trying to empty the Pacific Ocean with a bucket. That's if the bucket hasn't been stolen.


After studying a survey that revealed residents are unhappy with how the City of Johannesburg handles corruption, a focus group concluded corruption in the municipality was getting out of hand.

The group said it had become a major issue for businesses and households. "Many participants believe the low salaries paid to police officers, for example, make them vulnerable to taking bribes, while fraud and abuse of power by officials were attributed to greed," the discussion document said.

Mayor Amos Masondo said yesterday it was a struggle to get public servants to see themselves as servants of the people. "Those who work for the City of Johannesburg are told over and over again that they are here to serve," he said.

The focus group included high- ranking city officials, senior managers, ward members and business representatives. They advised the municipality to:
  • Educate people on how the tender system works so they know they do not have to pay bribes.
  • Increase metro police salaries.
  • Implement asset checks for the metro police department.
  • Set up a corruption hotline.
  • Educate people about the evils of corruption and hold a summit.
  • Publicise all cases without fear or prejudice to the people involved.
Masondo said the recommendations would be integrated into the city's plans to fight corruption.

Business owners expressed concern about the levels of crime, lack of access to finance and scarcity of skills. They recommended the city offer informal businesses financial aid and skills development.

The study was conducted by the Bureau of Market Research at the University of SA.

6 Opinion(s):

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

Better Pay ? Selebi did get paid well , but... Taking bribes and beeing corrupt is just in the culture. Nothing will change this.

Doberman said...

@ anon 8:02, ain't that the truth..

Anonymous said...


Another one bites the dust.

From one of the best serviced cities in the western world to one of the WORST in 15 short years.

The ANC is the WORST thing to ever happen to the people of South Africa - white and black.

Exzanian said...

I lived and worked there. I saw the decline, decay and corruption with my own eyes. Anon 8:12, you are so right, the ANC is the worst thing that could have happened to SA, white or black.

Islandshark said...

The Greater Johannesburg Metropolitan Council had billions (not millions) in reserves in the mid 90's.

The Johannesburg athletics stadium, which cost 100's of millions, was built with cash. Even before the council knew if JHB would be the city chosen to bid for the Olympic games.

By the end of the 90's they started selling off property because the council was "running short". You did not have to wait 15 years to see the impact of corrupty darkie.

JHB council told you that lesson in 5 years...