Gupta hearings expose treachery
The sensational revelations at the Zondo inquiry into state capture amount to a betrayal of trust.
Have we reached the stage of being without ethics or morals, or any bedrock sense of decency?
The unravelling of “Guptagate” reads like a textbook of treachery. It is a disillusioning experience for the SA public. Trust in government declines sharply as cynicism towards politics and public figures increases. The cumulative effect is a legacy of suspicion and distrust.
Our elected leaders acted contrary to their trusted positions as custodians of our democracy — to the prejudice of law and justice, and to the manifest injury of the citizens of our country.
We have now reached a “credibility gap” between what our leaders say and what they do.
“Guptagate” is an apt metaphor to describe the destructive power of corruption and how it eats away at the institutions of democracy.
The damage it has done to the polity is astronomical. The assault on the rule of law is a devastating setback for our constitutional order.