Cor­rup­tion has deeply en­snared SA

Sunday Tribune - - LETTERS -

IT IS in­deed sad and tragic that a hand­ful of top ex­ec­u­tives at KPMG were in­volved in fi­nan­cial chi­canery and ac­count­ing cha­rades which could en­dan­ger the jobs of loyal and hon­est staff in South Africa.

They vul­garised the em­blem and good name of a global and noble in­sti­tu­tion. KPMG’S legacy will re­main tar­nished for ever.

The cri­sis at KPMG is a tragic story of greed and de­ceit at the high­est level.

Dur­ing the Arthur An­der­sen ac­count­ing tragedy, 8000 peo­ple lost their jobs be­cause 100 peo­ple at the top were re­spon­si­ble for the En­ron de­ba­cle.

KPMG will not sur­vive the com­ing storm, its ac­tions in the process hav­ing shat­tered good gov­er­nance and placed in jeop­ardy the liveli­hood of or­di­nary South Africans, as well as be­smirched the rep­u­ta­tion of distin­guished, loyal and ded­i­cated pub­lic ser­vants.

KPMG is now per­ceived as the ac­com­plice and en­abler of the Gup­tas.

It was Ge­orge Or­well who once said: “The fur­ther a so­ci­ety drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those who speak it.”

As KPMG teeters on the brink of self-de­struc­tion, the truth must never be wa­tered down or com­pro­mised lest our world fall into an abyss of un­re­al­ity.

The truth within the in­ner sanc­tums of KPMG is sacro­sanct and must never be com­pro­mised in any con­di­tion.

Cor­rup­tion has en­snared the state and its pow­er­ful in­sti­tu­tions. We are en­meshed in its ten­ta­cles. Soon we will be in its bow­els.

The mind-bog­gling rev­e­la­tions about KPMG con­tinue un­abated as ev­i­dence is un­earthed about our stolen re­sources, threat­en­ing our ex­is­tence as a na­tion.

It was first US pres­i­dent Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton who ut­tered these pro­found words: “Truth will ul­ti­mately pre­vail where there are pains to bring it to light.”

For whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee, KPMG.

The im­plo­sion at KPMG is a Shake­spearean tragedy of epic pro­por­tions.

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