A Fer­rari will al­ways stick out like a sore thumb in Venda

Need for school to teach loot­ers how to feed at trough

Sunday World - - Viewpoint - Vusi Nza­pheza

The vul­gar­ity of it all is as­tound­ing. The brazen rob­bery of a ru­ral bank cer­tainly lacked fi­nesse and daring artistry as­so­ci­ated with a proper bank heist.

The theft of stokvel sav­ings and mopani-preneurs’ funds was cal­lous in the ex­treme. The lit­tle-known VBS Mu­tual Bank, with branches you can count on the fin­gers of one hand, has laid bare the malfea­sance of greed at the ex­pense of the poor in this coun­try.

Like ev­ery­body else and their poo­dle, I am per­turbed by the pu­trid scourge of cor­rup­tion, but for a dif­fer­ent rea­son. The con­nivance and col­lu­sion of our politi­cians in cor­rupt ac­tiv­i­ties demon­strates a lack of man­ners.

There is a need for The Straight & Two Beers School of Ethics to in­stil a cul­ture of etiquette at the feed­ing trough. Some of the cour­ses on of­fer will in­clude Cor­rup­tion 101 and Bribes For Be­gin­ners.

The course will be open to all politi­cians and govern­ment of­fi­cials, in­clud­ing prin­ci­pals who pil­fer school funds and feed­ing schemes, tjotjo­tak­ing traf­fic of­fi­cers and docket-shred­ding de­tec­tives.

The reck­less man­ner in which cor­rupt politi­cians al­low their spouses and ny­at­sis to flaunt their lux­ury cars and ex­pen­sive rags on Instagram is a red flag.

That is ex­actly what one of the al­leged loot­ers of VBS Mu­tual Bank did be­fore the scan­dal ex­ploded in his face. By the time he asked the mis­sus to delete her In­stac­count, it was too late.

The Gup­tas them­selves had a nice thing go­ing on un­til they flew their Sun City wed­ding guests from In­dia and landed them at our na­tional key point.

That sin­gle er­ror laid bare their ne­far­i­ous state cap­ture ca­per and now they are on the run from the law.

Be­fore the Gup­tas, the late Brett Keb­ble en­trenched the prac­tice of greas­ing the paws of greedy politi­cians.

Cor­rup­tion is a fact of life in many coun­tries. China is so fed up with it that those caught are pub­licly ex­e­cuted.

Pun­dits trace the roots of post-demo­cratic pil­fer­ing to the 1990s arms deal. Long be­fore the 1994 break­through, arms deal­ers were woo­ing top ANC politi­cians when it be­came clear the com­rades would soon take over from the apartheid mas­ters.

No sooner had Madiba stepped into his of­fice at the Union Build­ings than the arms deal­ers were en­tic­ing his com­rades with dis­counted SUVs.

Since those heady days, hardly a week passes with­out a politi­cian be­ing busted in the me­dia. For the record, the Na­tional Party govern­ment were mas­ters of state loot­ing. Their shenani­gans re­main in the shad­ows be­cause they got the un­der­tak­ing of the ANC to let sleep­ing dogs lie.

The school I’m es­tab­lish­ing will help the ra­pa­cious loot­ers to con­duct their busi­ness with deco­rum. You sim­ply do not steal and spit in the eyes of your vic­tims by post­ing your largesse on­line.

Tu­ition will be free but a 90% re­tainer will be payable upon a suc­cess­ful ex­e­cu­tion of a heist. This would curb the give­away prac­tice of flaunt­ing the loot and en­cour­age the thieves to be­have de­cently, espe­cially dur­ing a re­ces­sion. A Fer­rari will al­ways stick out like a sore thumb in Venda.

Cour­ses on of­fer will in­clude Cor­rup­tion 101 and Bribes For Be­gin­ners.

/ Mduduzi Ndzingi

VBS Mu­tual Bank in Tho­hoyan­dou. The bank has been looted of close to R2bn in a brazen spree, a re­cent probe has found.

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