Corruption Watch News estimates that South Africa lost R675 billion in bribery and corruption since 1994. Efforts to curb corruption are useless or non-existent.
The news indicates that the Public Administration Bill was adopted by parliament in March 2014.
It seeks to ban civil servants from conducting business with the state and compels them to disclose financial matters such as private business interests.
Whether this bill will be applied or not is a matter of conjecture.
The billions lost may be a conservative estimate as further shocking revelations emerge in the Zondo Commission.
The visual of the millions of rands paid to officials was damning evidence that the rich and their families get richer.
The victims of this crime are the poor. Many are forced to live in shacks without basic amenities such as sanitation, electricity and water. The aged also suffer because of their inadequate pensions and the rising cost of food and healthcare.
No action is taken against the perpetrators and no major official arrested. It seems that we as South Africans are becoming immune to bribery and corruption.
Is this because of its enormous extent, daily occurrence and the fact that the crime is committed by some top government officials who will not act against themselves or their own?
Let us condemn bribes, speak out against corruption and expose rogue officials.