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Why Corruption

11 February 2014, 08:47

It is a well-known fact that corruption is one of the biggest challenges facing our country and also a threat to our hard fought democracy. The National Planning Commission (NPC) was established by President Zuma to take an independent and critical view of South Africa and the challenges it is facing and subsequently produce a plan and vision for our country. The commission was chaired by the Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel. The NPC released a diagnostic report that reveals other eight challenges facing South Africa, corruption features along a whole host of other challenges facing our beloved teenage democratic country. In the diagnostic report, Mr Manuel reveals that corruption robs the poor the most. The diagnostic report further reveals that few years after the dawn of democracy, there was little evidence of corrupt practices in government.

But unfortunately as the years went by, this monster has raised its head again delaying services to the people, leaving the poor poorer and the rich richer. Billions of rands have gone unaccounted for, with no one being held to account. I have always asked myself why people are corrupt. I still do not a clear-cut answer even to this day, but it just does not make sense to me that a public servant or any other person with a monthly income can steal something that is meant for the poor, steal from an unemployed person living somewhere in a village with no water, electricity, roads etc. I have always asked myself if whether these heartless people are aware that they stealing from the poor? Probably not, they think they are just stealing money from government that doesn’t belong to anyone, because I struggle to come to terms that a normal person can be that heartless to steal R50 that is meant to buy HRVs for someone dying with HIV in the rural of Limpopo, KZN or EC for their selfish gratification. Yes, that is what corruption means. It’s more than just stealing state resources, but killing people as well.

Afford me an opportunity to attempt to tell you why I think people are corrupt. 1). Corrupt officials are ignorant. 2). Corrupt official are short-sighted and shallow minded. 3). Corrupt officials are selfish and only care about themselves. People are corrupt because they are ignorant of the dire effects and consequences of corruption. Corruption is like cancer; it will eat you slowly, but eventually destroy you excruciatingly. Any corrupt government will finally collapse; apartheid government was premised upon this monster and we all know what happened. Corrupt people are short-sighted and narrow minded because they only care about now, not the future. They have no clue that by stealing now means their country would be worse off in the years to come and ruined. Corrupt people only think that the world revolves around them and therefore nothing else matters. As long as they fed, sleeping in luxurious homes, driving expensive cars and surrounded by electric fences, then all is alright. Selfish people are the most dangerous people in the society, worse that witches actually.

As South Africans, we need to rise up against this monster before it gets any worse; we need to fight this monster till the last drop of our blood. If our ancestors fought for this democracy against whites and won, surely we can defeat this cancer of corruption. I believe that it is in the best interest of any South African to see a South Africa that is free from corruption.

I believe that one day South Africa will overcome this monster, bury it and probably even forget about it. That might not happen tomorrow, in the next 5-10 years or even 20 years, but so was democracy when our forefathers started fighting it. It looked impossible, insurmountable, it took decades of persistence, fighting and some have even paid the ultimate price for this freedom, that is still sadly enjoyed by only a few. But finally we emerged as conquerors; always remember that those who are for a free corrupt country are in majority than those who are against it. Let’s all be active citizens and fight this cancer before it gets to the bone, let us hold our leaders accountable and let those who are found guilty of this practice rot in jail. We cannot let few selfish, short-sighted, narrow-minded and visionless people ruin our beautiful country. God bless South Africa.

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