Corruption has become a household word in South Africa over the years for a number of reasons.
Studies have shown that corruption is higher in public sectors than in private companies; however both have a significant amount of corrupt activities.
Thomas Jefferson observed a tendency for “The functionary of every government is to command at will the liberty and property of their constituents. There is no safe deposit [for liberty and property] … without information. Where the press is free, and every man able to read, all is safe.”
Various factors influence corruption such as religion, poverty, culture of corruption, but the biggest factor of all is GREED.
Prevention and / or Limiting Corruption:
- Refuse to pay or accept bribes;
- Report incidents;
- Involve the media to assist with exposing of corrupt activities and or persons (name and shame);
- Hold corrupt officials accountable for their actions;
- Educate the public by holding corruption awareness campaigns;
- Start a community anti-corruption group;
- Start a campaign to investigate and root out current and historical corruption;
- Support and assist investigations of corruption claims;
- Create a Smartphone application that tracks all government spending online and real time similar to America’s version of Open the books;
- Follow the money;
- Identify corrupt dealings;
- Identify corrupt officials;
- Force officials to give up co-conspirators;
- Keep whistleblowers safe;
- Ensure that all corrupt transactions and officials are exposed;
- Ensure that all corrupt officials are held responsible for their actions