Corruption in South Africa
According to Transparency International’s (TI) annual corruption perception index, South Africa has progressively become increasingly corrupt, dropping 34 places since 2001. South Africa is currently ranked 72 out of 175 countries and is heading downward. Politicians and public officials divert public funds away from service delivery into their back pockets. In 2011 the former head of the Special Investigation Unit, Willie Hofmeyer, reported before parliament that between 25 billion and 30 billion was lost to the government procurement budget each year due to this type of fraud. Moreover, there is evidence that incidents of corruption are increasing. A report by Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs, based on documented fraud and malfeasance cases presented to parliament and contained in Public Service Commission reports, found that the amount involved increased from 130-million in 2006/07 to over 1-billion in 2011/12. There is evidence that the heart of the problem lies in the lack of accountability for maladministration and corruption (Newham, 2014).
By analyzing the historical corruption (past conditions and present conditions) of South Africa and applying the Natural Laws, the future of South African government becomes easy to predict. Both the South African government and people believe in influence. The politicians and public officials in South Africa are looters. They steal from the people they are responsible to lead and lack vision. Moreover, the people themselves are lack vision by allowing their government to manage, direct, and control them.
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