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Corruption is not an isolated issue. It is present in every aspect of our society, in academia, business, civil society, government, public services, trade unions and faith-based organisations, to the extent that it has become part of the status quo. Yet everywhere it occurs, rampant corruption eats away at our hopes and aspirations, and threatens our fragile democracy. And as is so often the case, it is the poorest and most vulnerable who suffer the most, at the hands of those with the most power and resources.
It is this culture of greed and impunity that makes corruption so difficult to tackle. If corruption is not stopped, it will turn South Africa into a failed state, and rob us of our future. It will turn our collective dream of a better life for all into a living nightmare.
In the face of mounting scandals such as Nkandla, and the contempt shown by those in positions of power to repeated findings of corruption, it is time to take action to win back the power for ordinary people living in South Africa, by demanding accountability from our leaders, and an end to abuse of power.
We believe that corruption is our problem, and the onus is on every honest person in South Africa to tackle it. It is an assault on our Constitution’s promise of equality and dignity.
Tens of thousands of voices on our streets on 30 September, in Cape Town and Pretoria, will send a clear message that the majority of people in this country will no longer tolerate the culture of corruption that is embedding itself in our nation.
The following events form the beginnings of the UNITE AGAINST CORRUPTION campaign: