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The colour of corruption

19 April 2014, 10:23

The word 'corruption' is without doubt the most (ab)used and politicised word in South Africa. The word has also become synonymous with what is bad - real or perceived - with the African National Congress (ANC). In fact most people have come to believe that the word can only become relevant when used in the context of bad governance by the ANC.

Some section of our society has been increasingly vocal against the corrupt tendencies of government leaders who can’t seem to keep their hands out of the public purse, however if one is to think logically this section by virtue of its past support of the most corrupt regime this country has ever seen is not exactly qualified to pass judgement in matters of good governance.

The Democratic Alliance (DA); the last political bastion of apartheid beneficiaries; whose leader, Helen Zille, is said to have fought against apartheid by doing what she was paid to do and ‘exposing’; though the proper word is reporting as there was no conspiracy of denial by the apartheid; the death of Steve Biko.

Zille has never at that time organised a match to the offices of the National Party demanding REAL freedom for the oppressed black majority.

The DA and by extension the society whose interests it is jealously guarding is not against corruption. The said society has been led to believe that they are the only ones paying all the taxes and they take exception to a government, not of their own, wasting ‘their’ money. They have no problem with ‘their’ DA government in the Western Cape wasting billions on consultants; they have no qualms whatsoever with ‘their’ construction companies colluding to rob the state of billions of ‘their’ taxes; as long as the corruption is done by their own it is tolerable.

In a classic case of a kettle calling the pot black; this society has resorted to calling those with a different political viewpoint as illiterates and sheep blinded by loyalty; and have roped in their great minds to try and figure out why the majority keep voting the corrupt ANC into power.

The answer to that question does not require the services of Einstein; instead the privileged society should ask itself why it kept voting the National Party into power.

This society today claims the moral high ground and position itself as the custodian of a democracy they murderously opposed.

Their stance against corruption is not motivated by the immorality of the practice; but by the deep- seated racism and superiority complex that continues to cloud their judgement.

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