Corruption is bad, regardless of colour

2017-01-26 06:01

NOW that details are starting to emerge on how state coffers were looted and systematically plundered by those in power in the dying years of apartheid, the silence of the self-appointed corruption watch dogs is deafening.

It has been public knowledge for at least the past 10 years that at least tens of billions of rands were stolen by the National Party government while it was still in power.

In recent weeks we learnt how more billions were channelled from the Reserve Bank to a banking group, disguised as a “bail-out”.

Corruption is corruption, regardless of the colour of the perpetrator.

The apartheid government filtered and censored all news before 1994, which is why some sections of society incorrectly believe corruption didn’t exist before the ANC came into power.

I can only feel pity for these people as their government fleeced the state and left them in the lurch to fend for themselves while they retired in opulence.

As South Africans we need to treat all types of corruption with same disgust and not favour some corrupt individuals more than others, regardless of their skin co- lour.

X. Gqwede

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