The year is still young, but even the most avid reader of South African news might be wilting. Racism; corruption; crime; crises in service delivery and sports administration; and mayhem on our roads hit the headlines with the regularity of a revolving door. The recent history of the ANC Youth League and its cosy relationship with the crooked business empire of Brett Kebble provides a good example. According to the National Prosecuting Authority, Schabir Shaik allegedly made 676 payments worth R3 million to Jacob Zuma over six years. And German investigations suggest that even larger sums of so-called commission connected to the arms deal may have found their way into the pockets of the highest politicians in the land.