The new tendency of pseudo-entrepreneurs demanding a stake in public tenders won by companies poses a serious threat to the country and its economy. A society’s descent into lawlessness does not happen overnight. It takes place over a number of months and years, often indirectly encouraged by authorities’ failure to take decisive, punitive action against those committing criminal acts. Inevitably, a society whose leaders tolerate — or conveniently turn a blind eye to — any form of criminality or malfeasance deteriorates over time into a state of utter anarchy. SA is not there yet, but it could easily get there if the situation is not arrested speedily. Until recently, far too many people in this country got away with far too much. As has become evident from the various commissions of inquiry taking place, many among our political leaders and those connected to them have committed vile deeds with absolute impunity. They have looted with gay abandon and lived well beyond their legal...

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