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.

SA Youth, take your place! - By Sbusiso Leope (DJ Sbu)

dj sbu.jpgCorruption in South Africa has been the talk of the town, or should I say country, over these last few years. Its eradication is of utmost importance in order for our beloved democracy to thrive. Society often has misconceptions about corruption, people believe that only the government is corrupt and the government is the only player that can stop the problem. Wrong. Corruption is the type of disease that not only affects the country’s economy, but also the moral integrity that so many fought for, were imprisoned for and died for. South Africa is a country that worked hard for its freedom, so its citizens cannot just sit back and watch corruption reign and tarnish the fruits of our democracy.

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