Corruption in South Africa is institutionalized and wide spread. People have been caught right handed from various institutions of government. The corrupt activities are perpetuated by the politicians, public servants, private companies and ordinary citizens.
We entered into the new South Africa unprepared. Although corruption is a global cancer, South Africa can do better.
It is time to take stock and review what happened from 1994 to date and what need to happen here going forward.
It is unfortunate that, corruption in South Africa is associated with the Black people than any other race. It is an unfortunate truth.
Corruption is a reality. There is massive evidence of that. Billions of tax payers’ money is lost through corruption. It was time that, an intervention is done that seems to take us out of the box in dealing with corruption.
A line must be drawn clearly and precisely on corruption.
It has become a habit that, people mention corruption as a political tool, rather as a social ill that needs to be dealt with progressively.
The WEB of corruption is so wide that, even those who claim to be clean, their cleanness is really due to the fact that they have not been caught. Of course this is a bit of a pessimistic view, but it carries with it a lot of reality.
The question is what do we do?
A process need to be initiated that would turn some of the people trapped in corruption into the soldiers to destroy corruption, as much as some of the people who participated in apartheid are now the greatest supporters of our democracy. Some of them have really changed. Is there a link between the struggle and the current level of corruption and some spirit of self-entitlement? Proper research would have to be done to answer the question.
The reality is that, corruption has become a fashionable word used by anyone who wants to fall in a particular league. It is correct to fight corruption, nothing wrong with that.
The real challenge would be if at the end every single leader we have is implicated in corrupt activities. It is possible that, some of the great individuals who would want to lead are hesitant due to the fact that, they fear that, their political battle to the top could uncover some of their past sins.
The extreme of this scene is that, if this generation does not contextualize the current corruption activities and somehow determine lessons learned and chart a way forward, South Africans, Black and White, may in the long run, fear to be led by black leaders. It is possible that, South Africans of all races, could in the far future, conclude that, Blacks in leadership are genetically corrupt and therefore it was only safer to be led by Whites. This would be unfortunate.
We need to open a NEW page. It was easy to point to other people as the corrupt devils and point at self as angelic clean. We need to ask hard questions. Do we need our leaders and our people in general to be haunted by acts that they regret and if they knew better they would not have gone that route?
Could we be able to recover some of the monies lost from corruption, through a process that would encourage South Africans to come out?
The question am asking myself now, is, whose corruption is the Sunday paper exposing next Sunday? Corruption that happened six years ago.
It was not possible to fight corruption in our current state as a country. There are too few soldiers, clean enough to fearlessly fight corruption. Corruption has now become a WEB that needs to be dismantled.
South Africa needs a fresh start on corruption.
It was good that, South Africa held no grudges against the architects of apartheid and none of the Apartheid Masters are seating in Jail. Apartheid was the biggest scam in South Africa to date. The damage of apartheid will not be undone in our life time. All the resolution of political parties, all the programs of Government is geared towards undoing the damage by the biggest crime of our times, Apartheid. Billions of Rends are now spent to undo the damage.
The White community is forgiven.
But, the tables are turning. In the main it seems the black leadership at all levels is locked into a corruption web. The political contests between cadres and political parties are that of the Devil and Angel, I’m clean and you are corrupt. Corruption is only fed to the media for political point scoring.
This paper proposes to the President of the Republic of South Africa, to the Government of South Africa and to all South Africans and organizations within our borders to start thinking of some sort of an amnesty or should I call it the TRC of corruption.
We have reached a point where we truly need all our resources to focus on the people, for political parties and government to focus on the people. South African politics have now become politics of corruption. People of South Africa are ignored as political parties accuse each other of corruption and falling short on helping our people overcome their daily challenges.
It cannot go on like this, it has to stop somewhere.
- For a broader anti-corruption awareness program to be launched.
- For a much more hash legislation that will make the monitoring of corruption more effective.
- For the establishment of a commission that would look into how better to handle the issue of amnesty/ Corruption TRC at all levels, for politicians, public servants, private companies and even ordinary citizens to come forward and to come clean.
- To pronounce on the commencement of a no corruption Generation.
Noises about corruption are not going to help. We must bite the bullet. We must be realistic. Should we fail to deal with this reality; the works of our struggle heroes will be lost and will in time just melt into the ground.
After this process, they would be no excuse for any corrupt activities and the Jail term of the corrupt must be link to that person working somehow to contribute to the lost debt, unless enough assets can be seized to repay the debt.
We need more soldiers to fight corruption.
It is time we burn the corruption WEB.