Confronted with the sad fact of Mpumalanga being the second most corrupt province, government spokesperson Ntime Skosana makes it like it is something to be proud of.
According to Skosana, "this demonstrates the levels of confidence that the public has in the state to deal with allegations of impropriety in the public and private sector".
Nice try, sir, but it would be preferable if these sectors did not have to test the public's confidence in state institutions in the first place.
We have heard similar spins about why there is an increase in the reports of rape and sexual violence.
Government communication should be about how far they have gone in eradicating these blights, not trying to pull the wool over our eyes.