Trapped in plague of cor­rup­tion

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Farouk Araie

IN­DI­VID­UAL by in­di­vid­ual, an en­demic cor­rup­tion wave is grow­ing. As a re­sult of this con­ta­gious dis­ease, we are caught in a sit­u­a­tion where many sec­tors are steeped in it, in­clud­ing those charged with con­trol­ling cor­rup­tion – from politi­cians to law en­force­ment.

There is no dis­put­ing that it’s the bane of demo­cratic con­sol­i­da­tion. While democ­racy is ac­cepted to con­trol cor­rup­tion by com­monly used yard­sticks, demo­cratic South Africa has done no bet­ter than other na­tions in Africa at check­ing cor­rup­tion.

It’s tragic how one man un­leashed a plague of cor­rup­tion on our hard-won democ­racy. It’s so preva­lent that it’s prac­tised openly.

It has eaten so deeply into our pol­i­tics that it’s seen more like a so­ci­etal norm than an ex­cep­tion. Peo­ple have im­bibed the be­lief that hard work, hon­esty and in­tegrity are not wor­thy prin­ci­ples since one can do lit­tle to get or earn so much.

The sad thing is the only roaring busi­ness in the coun­try is can­cer­ous cor­rup­tion.

It pulls down the moral foun­da­tion of so­ci­ety. Democ­racy and its con­sol­i­da­tion hinge on the ad­her­ence to the law. Po­lit­i­cal cor­rup­tion strives in an en­vi­ron­ment of law­less­ness.

The fog of cor­rup­tion has en­veloped South Africa. Benoni

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