Gupta hear­ings ex­pose treach­ery

Financial Mail - - YOU SAID... - Farouk Araie Johannesburg

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.

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