Food-related words for bribery - meatballs

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Corruption with a chance of meatballs
In many regions, food is used as a metaphor for corruption, much like here in South Africa, where politicians often 'eat at the trough'. In this op-ed from the New York Times, we read about some of the juicy terminology.
State of the Nation Address 2018

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Full text: President Ramaphosa's maiden SoNA
President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered his maiden State of the Nation Address, just a day after being sworn in as South Africa's fifth democratic president. The speech was generally well received, with many saying that his emphatic utterances were a sign of his intention to clean up government, but analysts said there was not enough detail regarding economic measures. Read the full text here.
Former president Jacob Zuma

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CW calls for vigilance after Zuma resignation
With Jacob Zuma's resignation as president, Corruption Watch hails this event as a victory of the people of South Africa, mobilised by civil society organisations, informed by the media and supported by the courts and the Constitution. However, the organisation reminds all South Africans that now is not the time for these combined forces to relax.

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Corruption with a chance of meatballs

By Clyde Haberman First published in the New York Times Man does not live by bread alone, it says in the Bible, and that is certainly true for some politicians accused of corruption. They also live by pasta, meatballs, rice balls, jam, tea and wine, among other comestibles. Food and drink as code words for Read more >

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By Oliver Bullough First published on Al Jazeera More than a trillion dollars are stolen from the world’s poorest countries every year, which is such a vast sum that it is hard to visualise. That amount of money would get you Apple, with enough left over to buy every sterling-denominated note or coin in circulation. Read more >

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