While the ANC's national policy conference resolved to retain the 'step-aside' resolution, it is becoming more obvious that one of the big issues facing the party ahead of the 2024 elections is its inability to fight corruption.
The ANC will have a hard time winning back the public over if it does not act on corruption, as revealed by the recent case of President Cyril Ramaphosa who faces corruption charges. This is not to say that the ruling party does corrupt, but it will not do so if the country is able to trust the government.
When we talk about corruption in the context of politics, we usually talk of it in terms of crony capitalism or corruption within the institutions. However, corruption is a broader phenomenon and it cannot be reduced to a particular sphere of influence. In this paper I will look at corruption and the governance of South Africa, from the point of view of a citizen.
I argue that corruption could be a major issue in South African politics if we were able not only to address it, when it happens but to stop it if and when we find it.
And we could do this if people were encouraged to question the decision-makers, the current government and even the future government, to ensure that their decisions are based on the facts and are not based solely on what they may like or what may be politically expedient.
Corruption is certainly a problem in society, not least in our own country. We should be asking ourselves whether corruption occurs in all aspects of life, or whether it occurs only in particular spheres of society. It is important to understand why corruption does occur.
If we want to see a country with a better economy, a more democratic society and a greater respect for the rule of law, then we must understand the role of corruption more fully.
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