VBS arrests are great, but we need stronger signs SA is fixing ...

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VBS arrests are great, but we need stronger signs SA is fixing its mess

As our people despair over rampant graft, amid Covid the need for leaders to act is more urgent than ever

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Political leadership is not just about making policies, enacting laws or giving out instructions to minions. It’s also about signals. It is about the right signals at the right time to the right constituency.

Nothing reflects this more than the arrest of the smug bunch of people suspected of illegally stealing R2,3bn from VBS, the mutual bank that collapsed in 2018, depriving thousands of poor people of their savings and pensions. The joy that greeted news of the arrests should not be underestimated.

Our people are in despair. They believe that their disgust and outrage at the rampant corruption that stalks the land is not heard. When, after so many exposés and no action, something is finally done, our people are simply apoplectic with joy...

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