Corruption – Do we care or are we waiting in line?

As Africans, we are taught to respect our elders. We are to learn from them and as we grow older we are supposed to have learnt from them and from there, improve on what they have done and make a success of our lives. That is the order of things as we understand it and by living well and succeeding we bring pride to our elders and communities. Yet every other day, we hear stories of corruption in every province and municipality, the biggest example being in the Eastern Cape. It seems though, that the younger generation has learnt from their elders, as there are more young businessmen and political figures that are linked with many a corrupt relationship that we are no longer shocked by finding these things out. In most cases, we barely respond except to make fun of the situation, mostly because we feel helpless to change it. Yet as I have previously stated in a previous article, we need to make the leaders understand that we have the ultimate say as to whether they remain in power or not through voting. What’s startling is that most young people would willingly replace the current state leaders and be the new members of the elite club of being above the law. Any good work being done is eroded by major stories of inefficiency and corruption on major levels, like the story of a certain minister who renovated her house for R12 million rand – one has to wonder how many houses that could have built, how many students could have been covered by that money, how many lives could have been saved at hospitals with the purchasing of the necessary equipment? So do we care to make a difference? Do we care enough to take what is good from the elders and leave what is perverse behind? Or are we the heir apparent, waiting in the wings? Evey day we have to make up our own minds, and say no to being led around like sheep to a slaughter.  

One thought on “Corruption – Do we care or are we waiting in line?

  • March 19, 2011 at 10:37 pm
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    Corruption is a perennial problem, everywhere, and the fight to root it out never ends.  (Chirac in France and Berlusconi in Italy are telling examples.)  The most effective sanitizer seems to be a combination of a number of “institutions”: a vigilant populace, as you suggest, aided and abetted by freedom of the press, vigorous law enforcement and an independent and incorruptible judiciary.  The political class is not enthusiastic about transparent government and these other issues because it is frequently part of the problem.
    Events in South Africa are dispiriting at times, as you illustrate, with the reaction being nothing more than a shrug of the shoulders.  Everyone should realize that an affront to the law is a concern for everyone, no matter who the victim is.  The ANC has been immune from blame for the epidemic of crime in SA.  Jacob Zuma barely escaped jail, and in stead walked into the President’s office with little opposition.  The ANC is resting on its laurels for its great achievements in the past and now fails to lead in building a society with effective institutions.

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