EV­ERY­DAY COR­RUP­TION

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - FILTER - Colum­nist Ma­bale Moloi @Ma­baleMoloi

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.

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