It’s not really surprising that the Constitutional Court has dismissed convicted fraudster Schabir Shaik’s application to have over R33 million of his assets — forfeited after his fraud and corruption conviction in 2005 — returned to him. The high court had found, and the Supreme Court of Appeal had agreed, that these monies accrued to Shaik as a result of the “corrupt payments” made to Jacob Zuma. Another sign that we fail to meet constitutional standards of honesty is that Shaik’s is the only important corruption case that has actually gone to trial. A third sign resides in the attitude of South African society as whole towards corruption in high places. A huge majority does not believe theft of public funds to be wrong.