Pretoria News - - Opinion - JOHN KNOTTENBELT | Dur­ban

THE VBS scan­dal – yet an­other among the too many greed-driven pigs – has again come un­der scru­tiny, which will no doubt pro­duce the same re­sult.

The ex­po­sure of many, from the up­per tiers right down to the lower tiers, slak­ing their ha­bit­ual de­sire for even more money to feed life­styles of the rich and fa­mous, as seen on TV. The time has long since passed for ex­cuses and a limp slap on the wrist for those who have their hands up to their el­bows in ill-got­ten gains.

Noth­ing less than “pay back the money and jail terms” should be the call for those found com­plicit in ev­ery stage of the em­bez­zle­ment – from in­cep­tion to pay out.

Surely it can be seen that con­tin­u­ing to pour our hard-earned money into bot­tom­less pits and ad­di­tional wastage via the re­lent­less Dick­en­sian court cases, which not only drain the cof­fers even fur­ther, but also gives those in­volved more time to loot and in­tim­i­date or even mur­der the whis­tle-blow­ers.

Take back the money and jail those guilty of the shame should be the new war cry.

For­get blam­ing it on apartheid, which only af­fords those in­volved in state cap­ture and all other forms of ill-got­ten gains time to fab­ri­cate sto­ries, which may af­ford hu­mor­ous mo­ments on TV and ma­te­rial for the com­edy set.

How can we con­tinue this half­baked at­tempt to re­duce the rot and theft by mere lip ser­vice? Soon the horses would have bolted much like those who did so just af­ter Zuma got his march­ing or­ders. As the say­ing goes, the fish rots from the head.

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