Continuing in similar vein to the Malala post below "Corruption Eclipses Sunshine"
Great to have a Prez who was acquitted on 783 counts of fraud huh? (don't come at me with semantics, what Zuma got was waaaay better than an acquittal. A copy-and-paste-get-out-of-jail-free card was more like it)...
Glad to see that at least for some blacks the "mind fog" is lifting...Now how the heck to tackle the mindlessness of the lumpen underclass (millions of 'em) who hold a vote equal to any other and who brought you the current dolt who is your "Proudly South African" President...
Or is it too late?
By: Thabile Mange:
After the dawn of our democracy, South Africa became the beacon of hope on the continent. It also became a model and standard to be measured against by most African countries. We proved Afro-pessimists and sceptics wrong.
The country boasts of three eminent and living Nobel Peace Laureates in the persons of former president Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the last apartheid president FW de Klerk. Two of them, Mandela and Tutu, once lived in the same street in Soweto. What a blessing!
Previously, we’ve hosted prestigious world events such as the Rugby World Cup, Cricket World Cup and recently the most successful Soccer World Cup ever, just to mention three – the world events we hosted are not isolated to sports. We were the envy of many countries. Not anymore. What has gone wrong?
According to Cosatu’s Zwelinzima Vavi, we are now a “predator state”. That’s how bad things have become in our country. We are now in the same league as some African countries. And it doesn’t look like we’ll improve anytime soon.
Corruption, the cancer that is eating away at the soul of our nation, has become normal and acceptable. Statements such as “it’s our turn to eat” have become common. The struggle is no longer about bread and butter issues; it’s about access to state resources.
Political leaders are more than happy to flaunt their newly acquired wealth in the face of poverty. They drive around with flashy cars and wear designer clothing that are worth more than what they earn. And they would rather buy booze than pay school fees for a poor but deserving child.
People who boldly fight corruption are targeted and intimidated. Some are even killed. It appears corrupt individuals wield political power or are politically connected. And they mostly get away with murder.
Corruption is rampant especially in local governments - this is because of tenders awarded to comrades, I suppose. Most, if not many, municipalities have received unqualified financial reports. This is a cause for concern.
Once we had an effective unit called the Scorpions that dealt with high profile cases. Though it was imperfect, it did a good and sterling job. It also enjoyed public confidence. And it had head honcho’s who had the courage to investigate even their comrades, including the then deputy president Jacob Zuma.
It is interesting to note that the effective unit has since been replaced by the Hawks, which is led by advocate Menzi Simelane. Against public opinion, the ANC used its majority in parliament to kill the Scorpions. However, the constitutionality of the above decision has been successfully challenged in court and government has agreed to implement the judge’s recommendations.
Unlike her predecessor, the public protector advocate Thuli Madonsela has shown willingness to fight corruption. Madonsela is prepared to take on the political heavyweights. But her boldness has earned her enemies and she fears for her life.
The pertinent question is: will advocate Madonsela see through her term, given the history of those who boldly fight against corruption? Or will she follow in the footsteps of the former Scorpions boss Vusi Pikoli and leave before her term expires? Only time will tell.
It appears there is no political will to deal with corruption in this country. When Zuma came to power, he identified corruption as one of the major challenges facing the nation and promised to deal with it harshly. He is yet to act on his promise to fight this evil.
For instance, the minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Sicelo Shiceka is being accused of misusing the taxpayer’s money. The ailing Shiceka is said to have visited his detained girlfriend in prison, overseas, using the taxpayer’s money. Zuma is yet to act on the allegation.
The consequences of corruption are enormous: this evil has brought promising countries down on their knees. Is this what we want to see happening to our country? I don’t think so. But if there is no political will to fight this demon, we’ll soon become a basket case.
Mark my words.
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