ANC condones corruption

CORRUPTION and fraud are like twin maggots that slowly devour the moral fibre of society and the outcome is unimaginable and detrimental.

CORRUPTION and fraud are like twin maggots that slowly devour the moral fibre of society and the outcome is unimaginable and detrimental.

Most African countries fell to these maggots due to short-sightedness and unqualified leadership. Civil wars and the displacement of civilians are some of the results.

Corruption deprives communities of services and development by diverting scarce resources to unscrupulous officials.

South Africa has been a beacon of hope for Africa for the past 15 years, but is falling into the trap of corruption and fraud, where the rule of law is becoming nonexistent.

Leaders of the ruling party have become a law unto themselves and officials are accountable to no one. This is a far cry from the promises the ANC made before the first democratic election, that, unlike the Nationalist Party, it would be transparent and accountable.

Current developments counter this.The party has become a short cut to wealth accumulation by greedy leaders. ANC members make every possible effort to "tenderpreneur". Theylive beyond their means and no one is called to account.

People implicated in fraud and corruption have become celebrities in the party. If the ANC were dignified such persons would be fined, jailed and fired from the party. But because indirectly they are cash cows for the party through sponsoring private parties, they are not reprimanded but celebrated.

President Jacob Zuma fought tooth and nail against corruption charges and Tony Yengeni was carried on ministers' shoulders to jail.

Wasting taxpayers' money at luxury hotels is swept under the carpet. Unless the party takes a stand against corruption by firing members it will be seen as implicitly supporting graft.

Phillimon Mnisi, Johannesburg

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