Chowing the Money

Please dear government – instead of torturing and progressively bleeding the country dry of its assets, and mocking the country on the international platform. Why don’t you guys just clear its bank accounts and retire to Cuba or some socialistic state where your ideologies could be lived out.

Please dear government – instead of torturing and progressively bleeding the country dry of its assets, and mocking the country on the international platform. Why don’t you guys just clear its bank accounts and retire to Cuba or some socialistic state where your ideologies could be lived out.

Check to see how it works in reality than in theory. You see, the young are waiting for your entire generation to depart with its bitterness and anger, and love to see the pain revenged for what the Whites have done.

Love, unity and peace seems to be a foreign concept and that not of the culture in keeping of Baba Madiba. You lot are like ravenous wolves, you chow each other and you chow the rest of the country’s resources.

It’s clear that intelligence has a minority stakeholdership in your list of priorities for the love of money has consumed you. So expressing our issues wouldn’t matter for the poor has nothing to offer you except the vote… maybe they too would become smarter to see your game!

Seducing Voters results in Political Whores leading!

Many vote for the ANC not because of Jacob Zuma or others but because they appreciate the party which sacrificed so much to bring them to freedom. The nation’s father, Madiba is also the reason many vote ANC but when the people begin to realise that its own government is robbing them.

This would be considered to be betrayal. South Africa is on a time bomb and the people of South Africa are a passionate, patriotic people who I believe will soon revolt against the abuses Zuma’s government and restore the ANC to the ideologies of the true revolutionaries gone-by! Amandla Awethu!

Leadership requires good basic communication skills and an acceptable level of education. I’m informed that most communities (predominately literate) are easily swayed by the candidate whose “bribe-gift” is worth the most. These gifts consist of Maize meal, beans (food items, etc.).

Given the short-sightedness of these voters and the mockery of the sacrifices of the lives sparred so that every South African can choose a candidate for the betterment of the country not their stomachs.

Despite the distastefulness of this method in seducing voters, the authorities seem to have turned a blind-eye to this open bribery. Most councillors, who are voted in, are confronted on day one of the job displaying a lack of communication skills and have a low level of education and etiquette.

One of the common reasons for selecting a candidate is their rhetoric, many councillors still appear to give liberation speeches as if it South Africa was still oppressed by apartheid.Hate speech is a common mean in rallying the masses, promising them homes, jobs, and the possessions of the non-African.

Many vote for the ANC not because of Jacob Zuma or others but because they appreciate the party which sacrificed so much to bring them to freedom. The nation’s father, Madiba is also the reason many vote ANC but when the people begin to realise that its own government is robbing them.

This would be considered to be betrayal. South Africa is on a time bomb and the people of South Africa are a passionate, patriotic people who I believe will soon revolt against the abuses Zuma’s government and restore the ANC to the ideologies of the true revolutionaries gone-by! Amandla Awethu!

Several KLM Staff wanted me to bribe them at OR Thambo for favours!

Several KLM employees at OR Thambo wanted me to bribe them for favours.

To those familiar with the South African hoe and pick will know that these are garden tools. The pick looks a lot like what the miners used to use for breaking-up coal. However despite the abnormality of its size and shape, I saw no problem trying to check it in on my flight from South Africa to the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom to my knowledge does not have these specific tools and therefore my newfound hobby; gardening had need of these much familiar tools.

hoeSo with that as a background, you can imagine me going to the KLM check-in requesting to allow these items as part of my luggage. I began with the attendant pointing me to the luggage weight checker. She said, “You are 1kg overweight!” I was ok with that for I merely redistributed the weight to the hand luggage.

Once I had completed and satisfied the weight limits she said, “now that I helped you – what are you going to give me?” To which I responded that she should meet me by Wimpy Restaurant. I then proceeded to wrap the bag with cling-film and which cost me R40.00 each bag but he wanted R20.00 (on the side) for wrapping the pole to which I paid and proceeded to the check- in desk as a favour. Now the pole for the hoe/pick was considered to be an extra item of luggage which R1000.00 was payable. So I convinced the check-in lady that she should not charge me and to which she responded, “what would you give me, considering this favour she would need to do?” I said that she too must meet me by Wimpy.

On completing the much bribe hurdle marathon, I sprinted for the boarding gates and leaving my little bribe party at Wimpy to have a drink on me at their own expense.

Are you a Tendering Rogue?

Tendering rogues destroys our economy, mocks our justice system and should be charged for treason. The local Press is the best place to report corruption.

rebateAllocation of tendering areas are agreements in which tendering competitors divide markets among themselves. In such plans, competing companies allocate specific customer or type of customers, products, or territories among themselves. For example, one tenderer will be allowed to sell to, or tender on contracts let by, customers allocated to the other competitors. In other schemes, competitors agree to sell only to customers in certain geographic areas and refuse to sell to, or quote intentionally high prices to, customers in geographic areas allocated to conspirators companies.

However, in countries where corruption is a common problem it tends to disturb the market mechanisms and impede economic development. Corruption in public procurement makes the officials or the politicians in charge purchase goods or services from the best briber, instead of choosing the best price-quality combination. The result may be construction projects several times as costly as necessary, or the acquisition of goods not actually needed.

In 2013-14, for example in South Africa the public sector spent R500-billion on goods, services and construction. At least R30-billion of this was lost to corruption particularly related to tenders.

According to Andvig and Moene (1990), the negative dynamics can be explained as follows: When corruption is rare, the economy is in a “low- corruption-equilibrium”, in which both demand and supply is limited. Looking for someone to bribe is more risky when the bureaucrats hold high ethical standards. With increasing corruption levels, however, the request for bribes becomes easier, so does the proposal of bribes. The moral scruples of corruption as well as the risk of being caught, falls with a higher frequency of corrupt acts. This way corruption may lead the economy into a vicious circle, ending up in kleptocratic circumstances under which corruption is the standard, where honesty is too costly, with a general disregard of law and a higher level of criminal activity, and where each individual is busy making the most for him/herself, feeling no obligations for the country. The situation is often referred to as a corruption-trap. This self-propagating force of corruption may also explain parts of the difference in corruption levels sometimes experienced by quite similar economies. (Andvig and Moene, 1990; Søreide, 2000).

Corruption is rarely a one-sector phenomenon, occurring only in one institution of the state, or at one level of the bureaucratic hierarchy. Where it exists as a problem, it tends to pervade large parts of the state administration. The impairment of judicial systems, the police and investigative institutions are particularly destructive in this respect. Frequent failures to sanction and arrest perpetrators create a general disregard of existing laws. Trying to curb corruption by implementing anti-corruption measures into the procurement procedures can therefore appear optimistic in such a setting.

Corruption is rarely a one-sector phenomenon, occurring only in one institution of the state, or at one level of the bureaucratic hierarchy. Where it exists as a problem, it tends to pervade large parts of the state administration. The impairment of judicial systems, the police and investigative institutions are particularly destructive in this respect. Frequent failures to sanction and arrest perpetrators create a general disregard of existing laws. Trying to curb corruption by implementing anti-corruption measures into the procurement procedures can therefore appear optimistic in such a setting.

Reporting corruption

In many cases bribery is detectable only for the colleagues of a corrupt official. The cases difficult to observe for the police may be apparent for the associates. These can, for instance, discover unreasonable argumentation in favour of a certain company. Other people involved in the tender may also come across corruption. A way to report on the cases should therefore be established and published. A problem with anonymous “whistle-blowing”, however, is the risk of dishonest information reported in order to blacken certain persons and companies. Still, anonymous information has to be accepted to obtain knowledge about corruption from people fearing sanctions. In any case, the safety of persons revealing corruption scandals has to be considered.

When corruption is revealed the persons involved should be charged. Sanctions are therefore mainly a matter of the legal system. Either imposed by judges or the bureaucracy, the sanctions should, however, include a system of incentives in which the penalties for the corrupters grow more than proportionally to the price of the public contract.