Wake up and fight graft

Weekend Argus (Sunday Edition) - - OPINION -

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

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