With the seventh international Mandela Day just past, it’s clear that July is observed by many people around the world as an opportunity to serve the people around them and do good in their communities for at least 67 minutes – one for each year Mandela devoted to public service. In this article, first published on the website of multinational auditing company Mazars, the firm’s forensic director Keeran Madhav has listed 67 good reasons to fight corruption.Madhav informs us that corruption is not just manifest in the actual deed. Corruption has a surplus of knock-on effects which appear in various ways throughout our society, and which contribute to the high levels of negativity and suspicion which are often seen and felt. These effects are felt regardless of the scale of the corruption.“We believe that one of the major contributors to why ordinary citizens feel [hopeless] is the high levels of fraud and corruption that have beset our beloved country. This has become so prevalent, and so corrosive that most of us feel it has become the norm and there is nothing we can do about it,” wrote Madhav.People must fight their feelings of indifference, he wrote, because if they don’t, there will be negative repercussions. By fighting corruption, we’ll help to realise all of the potential that we know we have. We will:Feel empowered instead of impotentRealise that poverty can be overcomeFeel safe on our streets and in our homesKnow our hospitals provide excellent healthcare, and that the right medicine is available to all of usKnow that our children will receive an excellent education irrespective of where we may liveBecome highly competitive in the global economyReduce the input cost of productionBe the favoured destination for international investmentWant to invest ourselves and our finances in our own countryKnow that each person can feed his or her familyKnow our best public policies will be properly enacted and effectively enforcedBe sure our daily deeds as ordinary South Africans countRe-ignite our belief in the justice systemStrengthen and uphold our democracyEnjoy the high regard and respect of other societiesLive with respect and personal dignityFeel secure that our infrastructure is well maintainedKnow that political intolerance will not be sanctionedBe free to speak our own truthKnow that our taxes are being used for projects that serve the public good and not a small minorityEnjoy one another’s prosperity without worrying how it was obtainedKnow our roads are safeKnow that each of us matters and has a role in societyKnow our taxes are being used efficiently to uplift our communitiesHelp stem inflationKnow that service delivery is not hinderedBe assured that actions have consequencesEradicate fear and its progeny, hateStem the flight of some of our best and brightest mindsKnow that no man is above another and we are all equalEradicate greedKnow your identity (ID) number is always safe…and only belongs to youNot lose hopeBe able to trust and revere our leadersKnow our privacy is protectedFeel secure onlineKnow that our human rights are inalienableBe proud to live in a society renowned for its moralityKnow that race or gender does not matterTrust that our authorities have our best interests at heartCurb the abuse of powerTrust our media is telling the truthBe confident that those in pivotal positions have the necessary skills to do the jobKnow that people in power are not being appointed on the basis of who or what they supportFeel more secure in all aspects of lifeKnow that South Africa has a sustainable financial futureLook forward to retiring in South AfricaWant to live here, alwaysKnow your luggage will reach its destination without being pilferedRestore our mental and emotional well beingKnow 100% who you’re hiringAlways be treated fairlyKnow that everyone is treated equally and has access to the same opportunitiesRestore faith in our fellow citizens and not be judgementalFeel that our wellbeing as a nation is a priorityFeel good about and look forward to bringing a child into our societyIncrease employment opportunitiesKnow that we are free and unitedFinally bury the pain of our past and look to the futureKnow that bribery won’t be toleratedImprove the quality of life for all South AfricansBridge the gap between the poor and richRestore trust in all South Africans in the eyes of the worldDispel the any perception that South Africa is one of the most corrupt nations in the worldCreate a culture of compliancePrevent anarchy from prevailingHonour the life and teachings of Nelson Mandela and ensure his legacy lives on.