Corruption is a cancer

Corruption is a cancer and it’s widespread.

Despite promises that government will act, much more needs to be done to fight this scourge.
Bribery and corruption can take many forms- from state capture to taking cash for tenders, accepting free holidays or even a traffic cops wanting a soft-drink.
While we see some arrests from time to time and a few convictions, many still get away with corruption. 
There needs to be consequences to wrongdoing and we need to see action and urgency.
Officials are most of the time suspended and not even criminally charged after being implicated.
Millions and millions of rands of taxpayers money is going into the pockets of those who are crooked. And they are getting away with their ill-gotten gains.
Government does not sufficient programmes in place to tackle corruption. 
And even those such as the Special Investigation Unit seem to have little capacity to tackle the problem head-on.
Corruption within the South African Police Service (SAPS) is also a major headache. A special unit to deal with crooked men and women in blue needs to be established and it must be effective.
We also know that bribery is rife within metro police departments. Last week, a JMPD cop sentenced to three years imprisonment for taking a R100 bribe. We need to see more convictions and jail terms.
Meanwhile, Eyewitness News reports:

JOHANNESBURG – Programme manager at Open Democracy Advice Centre (OPAC) Lorraine Martin says a lot of whistleblowers have conceded that it is worth it, despite the challenges that come with it.

Martin says whistleblowers are mostly afraid of retaliation, their lives being threatened and that nothing will be done once they blow the lid on crime.

She says the centre campaigns for investigations to be launched once whistleblowers have come forward and for action to be taken against those found to be on the wrong side of the law.

*Yusuf Abramjee is an anti-crime activist and Namola’s Chief Ambassador
Twitter: @abramjee

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