Social media users had their say following a suggestion from former public protector Thuli Madonsela that South Africans should consider amnesty for those accused of corruption
@ Dewaldder Thuli wants the poorest of the poor, who wash their clothes in township ponds and eat from garbage bags, to pay for Gucci and R30 000 bottles of wine?
Just because the ruling class can organise noisy, stupid and hungry crowds to march the streets and intimidate judiciary, then they must be given amnesty? These corrupt people looted the taxpayers’ money, and taxpayers must decide and not one individual.
This is the biggest insult to the poor who have been most affected by the corruption I have seen in a long time. Sies man.
It will save billions in litigation, and allow for new officials to step in and begin building straight away. Amnesty wouldn’t be granted without conditions.
@ billy_ rugg
There can be logic in this if done smartly. Amnesty for people who took less than a certain amount provided they snitch on bigger fish? Can be a way of getting breakthroughs needed. Essentially guilty turning state witness for deal.
How are we going to get back the money? How will people be held accountable for their wrongdoing? They should all go to jail and be forced to work the money back.
@ MF_ Hopeless
Why when politicians commit criminal offences amnesty/ pardon is suggested, yet for ordinary citizens who commit petty crimes there is no such suggestion. No, this won’t help us in fighting corruption.
I find it strange for Thuli Madonsela to be advocating this pledge now of amnesty. The time she was the public protector her ambition was to nail everyone involved in corruption! Why has that changed now?
This is absolutely preposterous! We did the amnesty thing in 1996. Where did it leave us? No amnesty for corruption! Clearly Adv Madonsela is naive to the impact corruption has on our society, especially the poor she supposedly represented as a public protector. @ Morailane1 Arrest them first before you talk about amnesty. Only a person in the dock can negotiate based on what he is scared of. We need a heavy hand of the state to deal a major blow on the corrupt and on corruption itself. No amnesty. SA Police Service and NPA should do their work.
I disagree with her. Many people have and are still suffering because they decided to enrich themselves while most of us suffer. Take their assets and then give them jail time, they deserve it, all of them.
If we start to get it to that level, even rapists, abusers and killers will also demand amnesty and we will become a lawless country full of unpunished criminals that will always be waiting for opportunity to repeat the same acts.