Corruption needs prevention rather than cure

06 June 2021 - 00:00 By Lindiwe Mazibuko

It takes two to tango, or so the saying goes. Public sector corruption does not only take place within the government. Creating the pretexts necessary to gouge precious public resources requires enthusiastic private sector and other nonstate actors colluding in and often initiating “generally corrupt relationships”, to use a famously misattributed expression from the trial of convicted fraudster Schabir Shaik. 

Often we forget, as we are seized by daily unfolding news stories and colourful witness testimony both in the courts and at the Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture, that rampant state corruption and glaring irregularities in government procurement always require a corresponding bad actor outside the state, and very often this is where tender proposals originate in the first place...

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