EDITORIAL | At long last, Zondo has recaptured hope for South Africans
For a corruption-weary nation, we may be heartened to see the deputy chief justice’s tentacles are spreading
Fatigue is real, particularly when it comes to the news - negative news specifically.
It happened during SA’s HIV/Aids epidemic, when many people just didn’t want to hear about it or read about it anymore. It’s happening right now during the Covid-19 pandemic. Every single case and death was met with intrigue and fascination early on, and now many people hardly notice even the big milestones (such as SA hitting 700,000 confirmed infections on Saturday). This has meant many seem to be simply fatigued and no longer following the rules - including sanitising, mask wearing and physical distancing - as they really should.
It could even be argued that negative news fatigue had set in regarding SA’s deep, dangerous and devilish levels of private- and public-sector corruption in recent years. It had become so common that many lost interest, particularly as the institutions meant to prevent, detect and prosecute those responsible were ripped apart from the inside and rendered ineffective...