SA’s legacy of cor­rup­tion

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VBS is small change in bank heist terms vs the Stein­hoff saga vir­tu­ally break­ing the SA econ­omy.

None of the above are lesser em­bez­zled eco­nomic evils, as more rev­e­la­tions un­fold re­gard­ing mone­tary vice in SA.

The irony of th­ese two cor­rup­tion-in­duced en­ti­ties comes off the back of a re­cent state cap­ture be­ing probed by the pow­ers-that-be, jux­ta­posed against state cap­ture by the Broeder­bond un­der apartheid and im­pe­ri­al­ism spear­headed by the Bri­tish be­fore 1948.

If SA is to gain any head­way against the white-col­lar crime, vice and cor­rup­tion head winds, all crime will have to be stymied by the SAPS and stud­ied by our uni­ver­si­ties, so as to truly lay bare the orig­i­nal sins of our fore­fa­thers, who laid the em­bez­zle­ment ground­work for the cor­rup­tion-ori­en­tated shenani­gans plagu­ing SA.

Banks, con­struc­tion com­pa­nies, bread-mak­ing and bak­ing com­pa­nies, ce­ment and sug­ary drinks cor­po­ra­tions, mo­nop­o­lies, etc have all been im­pli­cated in col­lu­sion, right here in SA, by the Com­pe­ti­tion Com­mis- sion as hav­ing shored up prices il­le­gally, of com­modi­ties to at­tain profit.

This can be classed as ill­got­ten gains, rob­bing the poor­est of the poor of a plate of food in th­ese busi­ness en­ti­ties’ greed for gain in the “dog eats dog” cap­i­tal­ist mantra which is seen as the way for any demo­cratic coun­try to sur­vive.

The bribe mantra un­der­pins all th­ese money em­bez­zle­ment and cor­rup­tion an­tics that even the main­stream press turn a blind eye to, as they need the ad­ver­tis­ing rev­enue em­a­nat­ing from th­ese same cor­rupt enti- ties to sur­vive.

Now please tell me how it will be pos­si­ble for a gov­ern­ment to not fol­low suit? Busi­ness and gov­ern­ment are joined at the hip in ev­ery­thing else – eth­i­cal or not.

Why then the fo­cus solely on gov­er­nance cor­rup­tion and hardly a word on pri­vate sec­tor cor­rup­tion? Make or break, the cor­rup­tion busters will have a field day go­ing for­ward in good old SA, if they are ad­e­quately re­sourced and staffed to tackle this gar­gan­tuan SA, African and the world at large cor­rup­tion prob­lem.

Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa must not drop the ba­ton in clear­ing out state en­ti­ties of those who have plainly looted the state-owned en­ter­prises’ cof­fers of lu­cre here in Mzantsi.

He sure is fac­ing in­sur­mount­able chal­lenges and his chal­lengers within the move­ment must be trimmed down to size and all dead wood must be used to burn all cor­rup­tors and cor­ruptees at the stake.

Lis­ten to the lone voice on cam­puses across Africa of Prof Pa­trice Lu­mumba. Heed his call­ing to Africans to do things for them­selves and not put out the prover­bial beg­ging bowl for aid.

This is our Achilles heel, as despots loot all th­ese aid monies and leave the or­di­nary peo­ple even worse off. Cry the beloved con­ti­nent.

Den­zyl Harper, PE

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