How to stop corruption in South Africa?

South Africa is a very corrupt country with a score of 44 out of 100. Scores below 50 indicate a high level of corruption in any country. This is a guideline on how to stop corruption in South Africa. The ideas proposed in this article are purely opinionated.

Reward and protect whistle blowers

The reason why most people never report corruption is because they believe that they will somehow benefit from it in the future. Reporting on corruption simply has no incentive, why would someone go out of their way to report corruption while risking their lives if the only thing they will get in return is a “well done”.

The government blindly trusts that people will act with integrity for the betterment of all, that’s not how human nature works. The majority of people only care about themselves and will not go out of their way to do something that will not benefit them. Corrupt people understand this very well and when someone witnesses their corrupt deeds, they just bribe them.

A lot of people will take a bribe over “well done” at any time, and because they have taken a bribe, they’re now part and parcel of corruption and will get even deeper into corruption. Some people notice corruption but they don’t report it because they will have to go to hearings and testify and that’s something some people don’t want to be part of. Whistle blowing feels like a burden at this point.

The government and private companies should create incentives for whistle blowers, people who report on corruption should receive an immediate reward. That way they won’t have to take the bribe from the corrupt people. They should also be able to report on corruption anonymously and not be brought to the public or sent to testify at multiple hearings.

Enforce the law

On paper, there are a lot laws that prohibit corruption in South Africa but these laws are rarely enforced, which is why corruption is thriving. The government should make sure that everything is always done by the book and every cent is accounted for.

By enforcing the law, corruption can be reduced significantly, the main problem is that too many people turn a blind eye to corruption.

Conclusion

This was a guide on how to stop corruption in South Africa. Measures should be put in place to encourage people to report corruption and not turn a blind eye. Do you have any thoughts or questions? Comment below.

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