TRY GOING THROUGH a day without hearing the word ‘corruption’ in conversation. It’s nearly impossible. It has become so common that it has almost lost its gravitas for the dishonest and fraudulent conduct it describes. In South African conversation, ‘corruption’ has become a popular word associated with our government. But, as we saw earlier this year, international organisations like Fifa are also plagued by corruption. And who can forget the fraudulent investment scandal that brought down US stockbroker Bernie Madoff? Citizens have grown weary of watching money, power and greed affect the direction of humanity’s moral compass. It is especially disheartening watching political, religious, business and sports leaders justify such behaviour while the rest of us try our hardest to play by the rules and make ends meet. I can’t help but wonder whether corruption is deeply rooted in our society or whether we must just accept that it is something we are destined to live with. he way I see it, human beings are inherently awed. We steal, we lie, we hurt and exploit each other. For as long as there are people whose greed will never be satis ed, or people who are prepared to sacri ce what is morally correct for their own gain, there will be corruption. The question is, can corruption be rooted out? I have no doubt that most people have good intentions and genuinely want to create a safer and healthier environment to live in. However, have you ever wondered how much of yourself you would be prepared to compromise to get what you want? After all, corruption begins with something as small as the R100 note passed to a traf c of cer to dodge a speeding ne.