Fighting corruption an ongoing struggle - By Candice Bailey

The latest high-profile money laundering case implicating Gauteng ANC chief whip Brian Hlongwa tells the tale of a plush life filled with tender favours for mansions, fully paid overseas holidays and personal helicopter trips across Johannesburg’s suburbs. But woven into the intricate reams of court papers detailing how the former Gauteng Health MEC allegedly received lucrative kickbacks from businessmen friends, is a small gem that may have gone unnoticed.

 

  • Sep. 9 2014
  • Kavisha Pillay

Fighting corruption around the world in five videos!

As the fight against corruption becomes more mobile and technology-driven, members of the Transparency International movement are using online video to raise awareness about bribery and abuse of power, and the ways to take action against it.

From flash mobs and dance moves, to full-length feature films, these videos capture the creativity and energy that goes into fighting corruption.

 

  • Jul. 2 2014
  • Kavisha Pillay

Whether the public or private sector, there has to be accountability - By Mpho Mathithibane

Mpho.jpgDiscussions on corruption are usually prolonged debates resulting in the development of extensive policies, controls and procedures, yet yielding little to no results in curbing the scourge. There is no hard and fast rule why corruption takes place; its intricacies are inherently linked to aspects such as the moral fiber of society, a sense of entitlement and a general lawlessness. It speaks volumes about socio-economic disparages and in the same turnabout greed. The business private sector seems to be head and shoulders above the public sector in terms of contributing to economic development and employment opportunities. One would think that with this increased business activity, there will be a correlation in increases of corrupt activities in this sector.

  • 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…

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