We re­main morally bank­rupt

Mail & Guardian - - Comment & Analysis -

The fu­ture does not look so bright for Sibongile Mani, the Wal­ter Sisulu Uni­ver­sity stu­dent and Na­tional Stu­dent Fi­nan­cial Aid Scheme ben­e­fi­ciary who er­ro­neously had R14.1mil­lion loaded on to her In­tel­liMali meal card.

Mani’s not-so-bright splurges on par­ties, cell­phones, al­co­hol and weaves have ir­ri­tated and an­gered me be­cause she showed no con­sid­er­a­tion for stu­dents who would have ben­e­fited from the money.

Her un­eth­i­cal con­duct is fur­ther ex­ac­er­bated by the fact that she is a stu­dent leader. Some talk ra­dio lis­ten­ers have sug­gested she should have, like Robin Hood, spent the money on char­i­ta­ble causes, whereas others felt she should not pay back a cent of the R800 000 she has al­ready spent.

Con­don­ing this woman’s ac­tions, though, shows that South Africans are morally bank­rupt. The morally bank­rupt man from Nkandla was elected to his po­si­tion by a morally bank­rupt elec­torate who will­ingly ig­nored al­le­ga­tions that he raped a young woman with whom he had en­joyed an avun­cu­lar re­la­tion­ship for years. Just say­ing.

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