SA’s legacy of corruption
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