This video here focuses more on corruption within highly placed government officials. In South Africa, there are strict anti-corruption laws in place, however, they almost always go unenforced. Corruption is a plague to the South African economy, and it is number three on the list of miserable economies in the world. And their President plays a big role in the country’s corruption index, and it has caused riots and protests and people working toward impeaching him, however, all these attempts have failed and he will serve out the remainder of his second term until 2019. South African President Zuma has spent over 20 million dollars of state funds for upgrades to his home, and the state has spent thousands and thousands of dollars on cars for his wives. President Zuma has had over 700 corruption charges pressed against him, and they were all suspiciously dropped right before he was elected president. Corruption is also very prevalent in the private sector, as private businesses will try to get around the laws of BEE. they use fronting, a practice of misrepresenting themselves as diverse to benefit from BEE. The acts of the president and private sector are hard to prove, and until they elect a better leader, and enforce their anti-corruption laws, this will continue and the economy will continue to worsen.
Corruption. Corruption is defined as: dishonest or fraudulent conduct by those in power, typically involving bribery. Bribery is defined as: the offer or acceptance of anything of value in exchange for influence on a government/public official or employee. Both of these are illegal acts that not only very much disturb countries in large amounts, but can destroy an economy. Corruption takes place all over the world, but there are large and alarming rates of it on the continent of africa, specifically the sub-saharan. Statistics show that six of the top ten most corrupt countries in the world are in Africa, and they are losing 150 billion dollars to this crime. The corruption lies within the police force. In certain countries you get stopped at checkpoints and, more likely than not, extorted by police or other government officials. The government of Ghana attempted to try and fix the problem. They decided they were going to raise the salaries of police officers to see if giving them higher pay would get them to stop extorting money from citizens. Logically, you would think giving them more money would stop them from taking money from citizens. But, in fact, the exact opposite occurred. Police and government officials actually started to extort MORE money. And the theory for this is, their sense of self importance was shot up as well as other reasons that are more explained in depth.
Corruption in Africa is a very big problem, and has only gotten bigger over the years. Most of the corruption in African countries has a huge connection to bribery. Africa has high crime rates in a lot, if not in most, of their countries. Some of the highest crime rates in the world. Bribery, is illegal in most countries, and even if it is not illegal it is morally wrong. People in Africa bribe the police for two reasons: one, to make any bad things they’ve done or crimes they’ve committed go away, or two, to get access to the basic things that people get paid by the government to offer. Beginning with reason number one, the first case that comes to mind is a man kidnapping a young girl and infecting her with HIV. The police were going to arrest the man originally, but he paid them a large sum of money to disregard him and let him go on his merry way. The police, no matter how large the sum of money is, are supposed to arrest and prosecute any and everyone for whatever crimes they commit to the fullest extent of the law. And him committing another illegal act, bribery, should give him even more of a reason to arrest. Moving on to the second reason, many people in africa don’t have access to basic necessities such as doctors, help from police, etc. A woman will bribe a police offer to get medicine for her sick child because her family is attempting to survive on no more than two american dollars a day. Or, if someone’s child gets kidnapped, the captor has probably already bribed the police to turn a blind eye, so in order to have anything done, you would have to pay and even larger bribe.