Corruption entrenched in SA society, says Mantashe

2010-04-16 15:26

South Africa inherited a “corrupt and a wrong value system”, which

it was currently managing, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe said.

Delivering the Inaugural Violet Seboni memorial lecture at the

Johannesburg City Hall, Mantashe said: “What we inherited actually corrupted us

and therefore we are actually managing a corrupt system and a wrong value


“The new order [after 1994]... inherited a well entrenched value

system that placed individual acquisition of wealth at the very centre of the

value system of our society as a whole.”

Quoting former president Thabo Mbeki, Mantashe said: “Within the

context of the development of capitalism in our country, individual acquisition

and material wealth produced through oppression and exploitation of the black

majority became the defining social value in the organisation of white


“Now because the white minority was the dominant social force in

our country, it entrenched in our society as a whole including among the

oppressed the deep-seated understanding that personal wealth constituted the

only true measure of individual and social success.”

Societal values have shifted from “revolutionary morality to

material ownership”. The country needed reminding that life was not about “being

in business”.

“Youth must be informed about participation in academia, in

politics, in trade unions, in NGOs and other structures and sectors that serve

society if we dream of saving our society. Serving our people, not monetary

accrual, is the definition of success,” Mantashe said.

Mantashe told the hall, packed with Cosatu members, that “prudence,

modesty and hard work” should be the image projected by role models in


Seboni was second deputy president of Cosatu. She died in a car

crash in April last year on her way to campaign for the ANC.


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