Corruption appears to be instinctive in South Africa

Ismail Moolla

When can we expect to see portraits of politicians removed from electricity poles, walls, etc. in many places in Umzinto, Scottburgh and in other entities of Umdoni Municipality? Most of these posters belong to the ANC and to political parties that failed to make any inroads in the last municipal elections. The election is long over. The posters were put up very quickly and with a lot of enthusiasm.

Why have been no attempts made to remove them as promptly? It is time for Umdoni Municipality to crack its whip by implementing the by-laws and imposing fines on political parties that have not removed their posters. We don’t need this ugly littering. A few weeks ago, a list of contact details was published in the Rising Sun, so that if anyone had complaints/faults, they could call those numbers. Previously a similar list of ‘phone numbers was published, and it was of no use, because on many occasion, no one responded when a call was made. This also applies to Ugu District Municipality.

The UDM has also published ‘phone numbers for complaints and faults, and each time, there is no response. Either no-one answers, or a recorded voice is all that one hears. Some have even tried the municipal manager’s number- nothing has changed. It is simply as it was during Xolani Luthuli’s time. When a message was left, there was no response. When one telephones one can hear voices in the background giggling away and laughing, and why does this happen? It is because at Umdoni offices, there is no discipline among the staff. All I know is, most of the office staff members are employed just to fill vacancies, do nothing and yet get paid.

The staff could be halved and the work would still get done. No one must try to prove me wrong. While public libraries in towns and cities have been upgraded, the Umzinto library remains drab and unappealing. There is a need for the refurbishment of the library. Compare the Umzinto library with some of the libraries in the smaller towns.

They are nothing like the Umzinto library that has a drab and shabby look. Some of the libraries in Umdoni were recently upgraded. Why was Umzinto library not considered? Why is it, that when it comes to Umzinto nothing is considered? Don’t ratepayers pay rates? T he sports field at Ghandinagar Township looks rundown, because proper maintenance is not carried out. Grass is only trimmed from time to time. The community of Ghandinagar is without proper sports facilities and it should not be deprived of these. All communities need sporting facilities, besides, the sports ground could be used for various events.

Presently, nothing is happening in Ghandinagar, other than a handful of youngsters playing soccer. At all other Umdoni entities, upgraded sporting facilities have been provided. Umdoni Municipality must take the initiative and consider giving a facelift to the Ghandinagar sports field. The world is moving at an alarming pace and I do not refer to the tremendous progress that has been made in heart and kidney transplants, electronics, technology, medical and scientific research or the trip to the moon, but to the agony and exploitation of human beings.

There seems to be little left to be exploited. Men of greed and with a lust for money have explored all avenues of human wickedness to fill their coffers. This is an age in which our sense of values has altogether changed.

Our habits have changed, and with them, our lives. Newspapers, magazines, films and places of entertainment, and television, which used to be wholesome, are now producing content to please the basest interests of human beings. Newspapers are full of sex and sensationalism. Clubs are frequented where young and shapely girls partly undress and dance to passionate music before strange and indulgent spectators. More and more teens and even adults are going to nightclubs where alcohol and drugs are freely available.

Some thousands of youths are hooked on drugs and this is among all racial groups. Films portray lesbian and gay love, marriages, etc. This is indeed a strange, strange world we live in. Corruption appears to be instinctive in South Africa.

Daily newspapers’ front pages tell us about corruption at all levels of government and other sectors. How and when will we see corruption stamped out? Will we ever see that day? In many cases, theft and bribery are running into thousands or millions of rand. This was never the case in South Africa in the past. Dishonesty is rife among government officials, and it seems, there is no-one at the top to monitor anyone.

Even president Jacob Zuma is a failure. Surely, something can be done to stop the rot. I am of the view that the government should appoint an independent committee in each of the nine provinces, whose duty would be to monitor and investigate provincial government and municipalities. This early detection could result in action being taken almost immediately.

Could anybody tell me that there is no corruption in Umdoni Municipality? The government must be seen to be making a serious attempt to stamp out this scourge.

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Ismail M Moolla

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