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Are We a Nation of Thugs

03 March 2014, 20:30

The fight against corruption is central to the struggle for human rights and the right to social equality and justice.

While the majority of the South African population is getting progressively poorer and suffering silently due to the high cost of transport, food, electricity and other basic necessities, hardly a week goes by without some news of widespread blatant corruption, nepotism and cronyism on a mind boggling scale practiced by some politician  who like harvester ants in some government department gobble up dwindling public funds to feed their hedonistic needs and in their stupefying arrogance disdainfully brushes aside the evidence and continues on its darkened path hoping to pass the secrecy bill to cover their nefarious activities.

Corruption is nothing new in the African National Congress because it goes back at least over twenty years as revealed by a series of report stashed in the Liberation Archives at Fort Hare University.

President Jacob Zuma did not apply his mind when he addressed the members of the United Congregational Church of Southern Africa in Kwa Zulu Natal where he said that there was a moral decay in society and that we have “a nation of thugs” because it was he who was processed through the criminal court when he was charged to stand trial on various counts of racketeering, money laundering, corruption, tax evasion and fraud but was saved from corruption charges by the political bell.

He was not cleared of the corruption in a court of law but was he cleared the easy way by leaning on our justice system and the National Prosecuting Authority? Crucially the dropping of the charges against Jacob Zuma has left him with a cloud of allegations hanging over his head. No amount of spin doctoring can disperse that cloud.

The Jacob Zuma administration is mired in scandals and persistent reports of corruption and therefore religious leaders should have challenged him to prove or show his commitment to an open and honest government but unfortunately many of these anointed and self appointed self proclaimed prophets, priests and bishops are themselves corrupt and rotten to the core.

The fact that President Jacob Zuma seems to be hellbent on employing alleged criminals in top positions indicates his lack of commitment to a clean government. As Bheki Cele, the fired police commissioner said, “a friend of a criminal is a criminal”.

It is time to ask, why we as a nation have got to this point, “a nation of thugs”. President Jacob Zuma can blame himself to a large degree. What role model is he?

There is an old adage that embraces the Indian Culture, which I will share with the readers, “they say that an Ox wagon mobilized by a span of oxen will follow the Ox that leads the span.”  Leaders set the direction and lead by example. 

President Jacob Zuma and the African National Congress are the reason why South Africa is fast becoming notorious as a corrupt country where graft, nepotism and tender rigging happen in the drive for self enrichment, resulting in crass materialism and gross conspicuous consumption.

Corruption, dishonesty, self enrichment and power games are the order of the day in the ruling party. Fraud and corruption could only be ascribed to the lack of competence and absence of commitment.

It is abundantly clear to any right thinking South African that Jacob Zuma is the worst disaster that could hit this country. Every time the man opens his mouth, he proves that he is not, has never been and never will be a presidential material.

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