• Jun. 25 2014
  • Kavisha Pillay

I will take a stand against corruption - By Onthatile Mokoena

Onthatile.jpgIn May 2014, South Africa’s born-frees hit the voting stations for the first time – making it one of the most significant elections since 1994. This year, the born-free generation could finally make their mark on the country. However, to my surprise, many of my peers indicated that they would not vote because of their distrust of those in power, as well as their lack of confidence in other political parties to make a significant change.This was extremely disturbing to me – after all, many sacrificed their lives for the freedom of this generation. But, I have to agree with my peers, the evidence of corruption in South Africa and a general abuse of power by our leaders do not inspire confidence in young voters.

Take responsibility for bringing about change - By Monde Mase

monde.jpgI don’t think there is a doubt in any South African’s mind that corruption is one of the biggest problems that the country faces today. It is a wicked problem, and I say wicked because it is so deeply entrenched in our society that most people see it as a way of life. In the eyes of the corrupt, misusing public money or abusing one’s power is a small price to pay for the flashy cars, mansions, extravagant lifestyles and high status. However, for those who are in desperate need of an ID document or a RDP home, paying a bribe is sometimes the only way to ensure these basic needs or services. Like I said, wicked problem…

Corruption, big or small, is a problem! By Martina Malay

martina 1.JPGSociety often has a misconception of what corruption truly is. We believe that corruption only occurs within the large realms of the government, when in fact, it occurs in the smaller activities of our everyday lives. We are the first to shout and protest when a public official accepts a bribe, however we are the ones paying the bribe. We believe that offering a small bribe to a police officer or school teacher will not really have any implications on the morality of the country, but when this is the mentality of 50-million people, then we have a critical problem at hand.

My open letter to the next generation - By Jay Naidoo

193x285q70c5431fabddeca885307271197f51bf42.jpg”When I became a member of parliament, I discovered fighting corruption in government circles, fighting dishonesty and trying to promote fairness is often not appreciated by those who benefit from the corrupt practices.” Wangari Maathai – fearless Kenyan environmentalist and Nobel Prize Right Livelihood Award laureate who died in 2011 of ovarian cancer. I am back in the world of turbulent activism as I turn 60. The body is not as agile but the mind still hungers for new answers to the age old question- what is to be done? I tire of the rhetoric and dogma of the past. I tire when I listen to the promises that politicians and the “CSO bureaucracy” make. I hear and feel the disappointment of your generation.

 

Don’t let corruption tarnish your education - By Sakh'Usomeleze Badi

 

SAKHE.jpgA higher education is often the key to a better future; however, over the years there has been an upsurge of maladministration of institutional assets and a general abuse of power by university employees in South Africa. Coupled with the exploitation of existing weaknesses in university accountability systems, it is clear that we need to address the eroding moral fibre of staff in institutions of higher learning.

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