Corruption, explained

2019-11-01 08:49
The community around Sedibeng are fed up with corruption and are demanding that the Hawks do something about it. Picture: iStock/Gallo Images

The community around Sedibeng are fed up with corruption and are demanding that the Hawks do something about it. Picture: iStock/Gallo Images

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You are to blame!

We consumers are to blame for the higher prices of everything or the corruption that happens in our beloved country. Hard fact but true, right?

Think about when you violate the traffic law, by mistake of course, because we are law abiding citizens and the conversation leads to “how can we make this go away”.

Let's decipher this, shall we? I recently visited a guest house in Umhlanga, Durban where they have a “courtesy bar” in their establishment.

Now a courtesy bar is basically an unmanaged bar station where you go grab a beer and mark it down in the book that you've taken a beer. When you check out, you pay for this beer at basically cost price. What a lovely affordable system!

Okay, so with this in mind, what happens when you cheat the system, you take two beers and mark down that you've had one, when the owner consolidates his inventory vs cash received, he realises that he's been robbed?

Imagine multiple people doing this. The poor owner would be financing our beer habits. So he then hires a bar tender to manage this bar but this bar tender now needs to be paid so instead of having the beer sold at cost price, he adds 20% on the price so that he can pay the bar tender. Now the bar tender gets sneaky and starts buying beer himself and sells it to the guest at the inflated price. So the owner finds out and employs a manager for this bar tender and inflates the price even more to pay the manager but the manager now drinks a few beers himself at pays cost price. So the owner then installs CCTV and hires someone to watch these cameras and so the story goes.

So when I say that we are to blame, we are!

Why not walk away from the “How can we make this go away” conversation?

Why not do that right thing and write down how many beers you've taken from the courtesy bar and pay for it?

This is our country, we are bringing up the next generation to believe that corruption and bribes are normal. It's becoming too easy for everyone to do it and yet we complain?

It starts with you. Let's pay it forward and say no to corruption.

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