Heed the warning bells from Zimbabwe

Corruption can become so rooted in a society that those benefitting will be prepared to use violence to maintain the status quo.

A sad Zimbabwean tweeted this week that his country was “topping the charts for all the wrong reasons”, following the news that inflation has just topped 300%. That’s the second highest in the world after the collapsing socialist paradise of Venezuela, where inflation comes it at around 80 000% per year.

Heed the warning bells from Zimbabwe
Heed the warning bells from Zimbabwe

Heed the warning bells from Zimbabwe

Corruption can become so rooted in a society that those benefitting will be prepared to use violence to maintain the status quo.

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