Wake up and fight graft
FOR years, many have observed the “cancer” steadily growing in our government.
A lack of integrity and respect for the law have flourished around powerful officials. The lack of respect for the truth in our nation has fed this cancer. South Africa is facing a grave problem of corruption that has threatened basic foundations of society.
Corruption in South Africa is so prevalent in politics that sometimes it’s as if people really believed it’s a natural or inborn feature of our democracy.
The corruption is spreading at such a rate that South Africa has been classed among the top 20 most corrupt countries.
The main reasons for the rapid spread of corruption are political instability, poverty, the unequal structure of society, unemployment, a lack of accountability, weak political institutions and the absence of the rule of law.
As a result, these factors are affecting political stability, the equal distribution of resources and power. Justice delayed is justice denied. Over time, justice can reduce corrupt practices.
Here’s an appeal to all in government: please don’t sleep now. It’s time to wake up and fight corruption.
The cure for South Africa’s cancer is radical treatment. We must remove and prosecute the officials who have violated their oath and the public trust.
We may then promote truth and integrity, giving meaning to the tenets of founders such as Nelson Mandela and Ahmed Kathrada.
Riaz Akoob Asherville