One of the prerequisites to an efficient and effective government is that corruption is under control. That is not to say that the country will not work if there is rampant corruption – it will, as demonstrated by the likes of India and many other developing countries. Corruption however, prevents a country from realising its true potential – economic and otherwise.
Earlier this month, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe suggested the introduction of a subject related to ethics in schools as a preventative measure against corruption. An interesting priority given the current level of literacy in South Africa. One would hope it would make sense to get the basics right first.
Below are the results of a somewhat dated ISS survey from 2003 giving some indication of the South African citizen exposure to corruption. Inflation over the last 8 years will have no doubt affected these figures and Wonkie would be keen to read your comments:
These bribery and petty corruption statistics rarely make the news as the larger scandals, for which perpertrators generally get off scot-free, are apparently more news-worthy.
When, if ever, are heads going to roll for the likes of the arms deal scandal, the dodgy building purchase by police themselves, the Julius Malema lifestyle audit that never was, etc? Add to that the powerful secrecy bill, an excellent tool to mask corruption in government, and you’re looking at a firm move by government to entrench corruption, rather than to eradicate it.
Wonkie wonders what Mr Motlanthe intends to teach school children about ethics and corruption when his own house is so far from being set straight.
Please complete our anonymous poll on corruption in South Africa:
If the thought of corruption is way too depressing, take your mind off it and take part in our latest lion meets giraffe photo caption challenge: