Sydney Majoko
3 minute read
13 Aug 2020
5:10 am

Politicians Cannot Police Themselves

Sydney Majoko

Recently announced plans to combat corruption within government would be laudable if they were new, and not just a repeat of a play we have seen so often in the past.

ANC supporters wait for former president Jacob Zuma outside Pietermaritzburg High Court, 20 May 2019, after his battle for the court to grant him permanent stay of prosecution on corruption charges related to the multi-billion rand arms deal. Picture: Nigel Sibanda.

There’s a certain level of debilitating futility in watching politicians trying to police themselves. It’s like watching a hamster in a spinning wheel. The hamster keeps going because it has hope that with each attempt the outcome will be different, but the failed attempts do not make it stop. The Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development Ronald Lamola has announced what is being referred to as a one-stop shop in dealing with corruption. This is supposed to expedite the process of dealing with corruption. The effort would be laudable if it were new. The truth is South Africa has seen...