South Africa and corruption

In South Africa, it’s not hard to ferret around and find evidence of gross corruption and incompetence:

https://thewalrus.ca/corruption-why-corruption-killed-dreams-of-a-better-south-africa/

In the fall of 2017, former antiapartheid activist and current British politician Peter Hain criticized HSBC in the British House of Lords for “possible criminal complicity” in South African money laundering after the bank allegedly ignored internal warnings about suspicious transactions. In Canada, the federal export credit agency, Export Development Canada, has also been tainted by association with the Gupta family (an influential trio of businessmen brothers who arrived in South Africa in the 1990s from India) and South African corruption, leading it, in late 2017, to cancel a $41 million loan to the family. The country has perhaps come to be seen by states around the world as a place to avoid spending money. And, domestically, it’s easy to see how corruption could have contributed to pushing millions of South Africans into poverty between 2011 and 2015.

What’s really rather amusing in that quote was Hain talking of corruption, what with his ‘forgetting’ to declare campaign donations:

https://www.spectator.co.uk/2008/01/hes-incompetent-so-sack-him/

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/1575741/Brown-says-Hain-is-just-incompetent.html

Indeed, the Prime Minister himself spoke of Mr Hain’s ‘incompetence’ in an interview with ITN on Tuesday.

The Pensions Secretary’s nonchalance about the registration of these sums — compounded by his arrogant and evasive manner in the past two weeks — captures a much deeper problem afflicting Labour, after a decade in power: its disconnection from public feeling and its indifference to the very rules it created to enhance trust in public life.

In the UK, it can’t be called corruption, only ‘incompetence’ – amusing, eh?  In South Africa, it can be called corruption and is – in fact they have commissions on it, headed by the corrupt, according to corrupt leaders:

https://www.corruptionwatch.org.za/jiba-should-accept-court-outcome/

I mean – just skim down that page for a highly entertaining read – that’s life in SA it seems. But don’t get the idea that it’s just the blacks involved – this tweet went up earlier:

It was referring to this:

… which is so ludicrous that one wonders what possessed the lady to even write it … so I went looking for her and here she is, a white child journo:

https://jackiecamerondotcom.wordpress.com/about/

Corruption, I suppose, is a relative term – the UK is utterly corrupt up top, not just for Hain but also for the BBC’s QT panels, the Electoral Commission, the whole Brexit scam over getting on for four years … and so on.

In the States, it’s the entire Dem Rat circus, not to mention Northam. Which is the most corrupt nation on earth? I’d say they all are.

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4 comments for “South Africa and corruption

  1. dearieme
    January 18, 2020 at 12:36

    When I was young, friends asked my why I was prepared to make scathing remarks about apartheid but wasn’t prepared to join protests against it. My answer was that whatever replaced it would be vile too.

    To be fair, Mandela seemed to delay the new vileness but it’s now been here for some time. That shows the limited effectiveness even of an outstanding and charismatic leader when his opponent is a whole culture. He ages and dies; the culture doesn’t.

    • January 18, 2020 at 13:35

      Like Blair – cause mayhem, then depart, work done.

      • dearieme
        January 18, 2020 at 18:20

        Mandela lied his way into a war with Iraq? Do tell.

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