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Dinner table conversations tell you what's on a country's mind. Corruption seems to have overtaken crime as a topical issue for South Africans. Appreciating that corruption can happen anywhere , it is ironic that as South Africans having prided ourselves on superior moral standards, we justify our corrupt practices by embracing the lowest common denominator, by saying that corruption exists in developed economies too. Public-sector corruption hinders economic and social development, especially in the face of slowing global growth where emerging economies, SA included, should have exemplary good governance indicators that attract investment and promote growth for the benefit of their people.Scandals and improper conduct of officials and politicians are covered by the media with zeal, raising public interest and concern. Though some political parties seem to be disproportionately targeted for exposés , black business people and professionals lament a trend in which "ethi...

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