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When graft bites the most

The ongoing allegations of corruption in government and business are disheartening. Before we deal with their validity or otherwise, we must ask whether we acknowledge that corruption has become one of South Africa’s brand names.

One of the major pronouncements made by the current government and leadership was a promise to deal decisively with corruption, which had plagued the country for years. As President Cyril Ramaphosa correctly asserted in 2017: “Corruption is in the way of growing the country’s economy, creating employment and the alleviation of poverty.” He further declared: “Corruption has weakened the ANC and its allies.”

These are by means no simple political statements. Corruption is indeed a cancer and – inasmuch as it hampers healthy growth of the

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