Break the ongoing cycle of corruption

2017-11-29 06:00
Victoria NkosiPhoto: Supplied

Victoria NkosiPhoto: Supplied

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

I have noticed from a very young age that sometimes people who have connections with influential people enjoy privileges over those who do not have any connections.

Those well-connected to influential people always get opportunities and privileges which some only dream of.

For instance, that girl whose father serves in the school committee or governing body becomes a prefect not because of leadership skills, but due to the ties of her parents.

This is a sad reality for as long as I have been on this earth.

Connections with influential people are what mostly get people to the next level.

What is disturbing, is that this is something that people are well aware of, but nobody is willing to do anything about.

People just fold their arms and look on . . . such injustice.

I have been discouraged from applying for certain vacancies at some government departments, because apparently positions I am interested in are already reserved for someone – probably a child of the chief financial officer’s niece.

I am sure you know somebody who got a job via a connection.

My concern is these people who get in like dirt being swept under the carpet, without qualifications, simply because they are the child of someone’s friend.

That connection means a struggling girl who came for that job interview with a BTech qualification will take a back seat.

It is not just the struggling ones, though – sometimes the ones whose parents are working in the government sector suffers the same fate and endure the same pain.

They are invited for job interviews and then afterwards members of the panel will discuss their status: He or she is the child of so-and-so and he or she is not struggling. We just cannot win.

Having said this, my question is: How long will this continue?

When we ask some of those in charge, they just blame one another. It must be nice receiving everything on a silver platter.

Our country is already rotten with corruption and it is worsening with each passing day.

We have been promised job opportunities and some have been waiting for many years. It is tiring and frustrating, to say the least.

I think it is time things start changing and that can only be achieved if we all stand up for what is right.

Let us not be afraid to speak the truth. This matter is serious and needs to be dealt with thoroughly.

Corruption has become part of the DNA of some people and it runs through their veins – so disgusting.

From generation to generation this cancer of connection is being passed on.

We all know that it is wrong, but it will never change if we fail to weather this storm of corruption.


Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.