Former acting police commissioner Khomotso Phahlane. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON
Former acting police commissioner Khomotso Phahlane. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

It is with great joy to learn that SA as a country is escalating the fight against corruption and is taking it very seriously. Clearly we are in a new dawn and it is not business as usual for corrupt people who think they own the coffers of the state and can do whatever they want with taxpayers’ money.

On Friday, we learnt of the arrest of the former acting commissioner of police, Khomotso Phahlane. This must be welcomed as a sign that, indeed, no one is above the law. When a police commissioner is alleged to have committed tender fraud, then this raises a question as to whether we are really serious about fighting corruption.

Phahlane should have known better; he should have declined the job because he knew that sooner or later he will be tempted to stick his hand in the cookie jar. There are many capable candidates who would have loved to do that honorable job.

We must assist the government under President Cyril Ramaphosa in the fight against corruption. On this one, he is not just talking about fighting corruption for the sake of it, like Jacob Zuma did. There is hope under him and I wish those who will be deployed in government will learn from the effects of recency that people will be arrested if they continue to steal.

Tom Mhlanga
Braamfontein