According to an article in the Business Day, there has been a massive increase in corruption within the civil servic during the 2006/7 financial year. And, even worse, only 18% of the perpetrators are being dismissed.
The news is hardly surprising – after all, what do you expect will happen when there’s role models like Jackie Selebi and Tony Yengeni. The response from the ruling party around the latter was particularly telling. On the day the convicted fraudster had to report to Pollsmoor, party notables carried him shoulder high to the gates. Parliamentary speaker and current ANC chairperson, Baleka Mbete, was quoted that day as saying Yengeni had done nothing wrong (despite the fact he’d pleaded guilty to corruption in court). She was essentially condoning his rapacious behaviour.
It all makes dissolving the Scorpions so much sense, doesn’t it?