South Africa's Corruption Spiralling Out of Control

03 December 2014. 

The IFP has challenged government to root out corruption as at present the cancer of corruption in South Africa is receiving little or no attention at all after this country was recently ranked number 67 by the Corruption Perceptions Index. 

"Twenty years of democracy, and it is common knowledge that many top echelon government officials are still making dirty deals to enrich themselves at the expense of the taxpayer and our most vulnerable. It is also worth questioning whether our policies and laws are effective enough in combating corruption? There is a need for a change of mindset so as to ensure zero tolerance to corruption," said IFP National Chairperson, Mr Blessed Gwala. 

"We are of the view that the strength of personal relationships is so great that court decisions are also suspected of being a product of influence. Another influence which may lead to court decisions being based on factors other than the facts and applicable law is a fear of retribution by powerful individuals," continued Mr Gwala. 

"The IFP suggests that the war against corruption can only be successful if all corrupt office bearers are expelled from government. Another deterrent that would work is legislation that enables repossession of owned assets to compensate for the loss suffered by victims of corruption. This trend of recycling ineffective leaders should stop. The IFP believes that there are more potential and developmentally-conscious leaders who have not yet been given a chance at local, provincial and national level," concluded Mr Gwala.

The IFP calls upon government to ensure that all officials found guilty of corruption must face the full might of the law. 


Issued by:
|Mr Blessed Gwala, IFP National Chairperson, 078 290 5842 

For Media Queries:
Mr Phendulani Biyase, IFP Media Officer, 073 024 5675