Mailbox: Vavi march - SA needs alternative party

(Photo: Loanna Hoffmann)
(Photo: Loanna Hoffmann)

Cape Town - Fin24 user Tshidi has lauded Zwelinzima Vavi's upcoming march against corruption but says South Africa needs an alternative party.

The former Cosatu general secretary said on Thursday ahead of the build up to the march on 30 September that the connection between corruption and the failure to deliver basic services was glaring.

READ: Vavi: Corruption at root of Eskom load shedding

Vavi's call to action against the scourge of corruption in SA has resonated with several Fin24 users.

Fin24 user Tshidi Mpinga wrote:

"I think the move by Vavi and company to march against corruption on the 30th is a good one and I fully support it.

The biggest challenge that we have as a society is that we really do not have an alternative party to vote for. A party that will come with concrete solutions to this societal problem.

The ruling party at the time of the 1994 democratic dispensation canvassed on a premise of a better life for all.

Twenty one years down the line it is the reverse. You can never achieve a better life with appalling public education and an appalling public health care system.

I want a petition against the Auditor General (the office is one of the chapter 9 institutions), as year in and year out he publicises the corruption and money that is misappropriated but never have I heard the office announcing remedial action on the findings like the Public Protector does. 

The findings go on unnoticed and unpunished. Bruce Koloane, former chief of State Protocol, was redeployed after flouting the procedures and allowed the Guptas to land at Waterkloof airbase. It is such atrocities and others that kills the country. Morally we need some cleansing."

Fin24 user MJ Mashiane provides a few practical steps to tackle corruption:

An alternative way to combat corruption is to develop a register to name and shame those who are already found guilty of the misconduct. Those who are found guilty must be blacklisted as they are a cancer to society.
There must be continuous learning around issues of corruption and it should be reported readily. The channels of reporting corruption must be clearly defined at all levels of society as an ongoing process.

According to Fin24 user Reuben Radcliffe we need to develop or instill a national 'we do NOT do corruption' mindset:

Children should grow up with the understanding that corruption is bad, that it robs the nation and that it ultimately can bring the country to a standstill. Homes, schools, religious institutions should work together to rid our nation of corruption. Corruption should never be an option. This process will take many years but it will result in future generations having no appetite for corruption!

Secondly, our government AND private institutions should adopt a 'no tolerance' stance towards corruption. Offenders should be dealt with decisively and immediately! There should be no cover-ups and no attempts at defending the wrong-doers. Nobody should be above the law!

So, I am suggesting a two-pronged approach.

Disclaimer: All letters and comments published in MyFin24 have been independently written by members of the Fin24 community. The views are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent those of Fin24.

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