SA corruption driven by ‘gangster mentality’ – Madonsela

Minister of justice calls for a pragmatic approach to fighting corruption.
Former public protector Thuli Madonsela says everyone has a role to play in the fight against corruption. Image: EFE-EPA

Speaking at the Pavocat-Stellenbosch Academy Counter-Corruption Summit on Wednesday former public protector Thuli Madonsela said to fight the scourge of corruption in South Africa there needs to be a move away from the emerging gangster culture that is anchored in protecting certain perpetrators of corruption at all costs.

Madonsela added that although various arms of state have a role to play in the fight against corruption, this duty must be taken on by all members of society if success is to be achieved.

“That’s one thing I came across as a public protector … that there’s a gangster mentality globally and I can see that mentality primarily in America and South Africa.

“If we are going to fight corruption, there should be no holy cows,” said Madonsela.

Madonsela made no particular mention of which “holy cows” should be next in line on the corruption chopping block, nor did she address the back-and-forth involved in striving to hold them to account.


Pragmatic approach

Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Ronald Lamola, who also made an appearance at the summit, assured the country that his department is indeed doing its work and that it is holding perpetrators of corruption accountable.

Lamola said 589 individuals have thus far been convicted for corruption – 380 of whom are government officials, with 209 from the private sector.

“Most of these cases focus on corruption in government departments, critical state-owned enterprises,” he said. “Former CEOs, board chairs, heads of department, as well high-flying businesspeople have been charged.”

According to the minister, the conviction rate of corrupt government officials has increased by 38.4% year-on-year.

The National Prosecuting Authority has improved its private sector prosecution rate by 39.5%, he added.

Ruling party

The ANC’s policy conference is set to take place on Thursday, and Lamola said assessing the progress made in the ruling party’s fight against corruption will be one of the key agenda items.

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“We should also note that of equal importance is the internal consequence management mechanisms that [the] party will review and assess. The recent debates around the step-aside provision are most likely to generate robust discussions – [and] rightly so. Society demands that we enhance and strengthen the step-aside resolution as it is an integral part of the ANC restoring its trust with the people.”

In addition, Lamola implored ‘combatters of corruption’ to be practical and realistic in their approach, saying this better places them to yield results.



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‘Gangster’ aptly describes the ANC and its members.

My vote is “Madonsela for President”
It’s time for this country to reclaim the respect garnered by Mr Nelson Mandela and end the rule of Presidents and a Cabinet that operates with no ethics or morality but purely for personal gain.
Time for real change has come. A country without a decent reputation cannot survive into the uncertain future ahead…climate change, food and water security, economic stability, political fairness and basic human rights – no matter the race, colour or creed are some of the immediate challenges the world is facing right now….we won’t beat these challenges without strong ethical leadership.

Easy hoss; how she can compare SA and “America” (unless she means some countries in South America) is childish and does not impress me. SA should be compared to Zim or Venezuela. Having said that, my take is that Madonsela’s preferred political system seems to be racist socialism where whites are arbitrarily deprived of their property to supposedly remedy inequality. Legalised gangsterism in other words.

I read her as definitely not wanting complete equality, ditching BEE etc and freedom to do business. A rock and a hard place.

She is definitely referring to the USA, especially under the Trump administration where the erosion of democracy, the July insurrection and the Republicans who have become extremist in their views and condoning mass shooting and racism.

The USA is definitely also becoming a gangster state. Why wouldnt any rightful minded person want to believe that

A democratic dispensation enables corruption and plunder when it puts too much power in the hands of one political party. If this political party is of collectivist nature, the corruption and plunder become legally entrenched, or written into law. Considering the redistributive municipal taxes, cadre deployment, loaded BEE tenders, BEE itself, Employment Equity, local beneficiation laws, Labour laws, The Mining Charter, and the destructive effect of state monopolies, the extent to which the law itself perpetuates plunder becomes clear.

Where the law is able to act against state capturers, the law enables and protects BEE tenderpreneurs, whose acts are much more damaging than the former. One ANC president captured the state. The next ANC president captured the private sector through BEE laws. What will the next one do?

“But, generally, the law is made by one man or one class of men. And since law cannot operate without the sanction and support of a dominating force, this force must be entrusted to those who make the laws.

This fact, combined with the fatal tendency that exists in the heart of man to satisfy his wants with the least possible effort, explains the almost universal perversion of the law. Thus it is easy to understand how law, instead of checking injustice, becomes the invincible weapon of injustice. It is easy to understand why the law is used by the legislator to destroy in varying degrees among the rest of the people, their personal independence by slavery, their liberty by oppression, and their property by plunder. This is done for the benefit of the person who makes the law, and in proportion to the power that he holds.” – Frederic Bastiat 1830

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