Stopping corruption starts at home

2015-08-12 06:00

MAVUSO Msimang’s “Future impossible” corruption update was another exhausting read about how corrupt we are.

Hardly a day goes by without a media report on state corruption.

The danger of these media reports is that they have the effect of locating corruption away from its roots, and focusing it on the state particularly, thereby absolving the rest of society of any blame when, in fact, society is as guilty as those in power.

The behaviour of these political thieves is a manifestation of serious failings in the value systems of the societies that raised them, and the homes from which they come.

We run the risk of constantly projecting blame on others, while being oblivious to the criminals we might be grooming in our own homes by not inculcating social values in our children that will make them good citizens.

Children who lie, steal, cheat and disrespect house rules, etc do so to test boundaries.

In this society this is not condemned as much as it should be.

They then go on to lie on their CVs, produce fake degrees, plagiarise essays, steal public funds and kill political rivals as adults.

All this is corruption that had its genesis in childhood habits which went unpunished.

My appeal to other parents is that we focus more on what we do to prevent our children from becoming like the broken people who lead us in Parliament if we are to save this country from becoming a banana republic.

WARREN OLIPHANT

Via email

My appeal to other parents is that we focus on what we do to prevent our children from becoming like the broken people who lead us in Parliament

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