Corruption has taken on astronomical proportions. In fact, to call it corruption is to understate the crimes that have been committed and the damage that has been done to the country. Treason is more like it.

Never in its short history of democracy has SA approached a general election with so many burning issues facing it as is the case now. These are seemingly intractable problems that demand our full attention, all at once. The land question, the spark that launched — and fuelled — resistance to apartheid, has taken centre stage with a few notable upstarts and opportunists suddenly realising that, if sufficiently manipulated, it could be an effective vehicle to propel them to their political kingdom. It’s an issue that has the potential to nuke the economy and unravel our tenuous democratic dispensation. Despite the existence of constitutional instruments to address the issue, parliament has, in its wisdom, seen fit to tinker with the constitution to appease a lunatic fringe. It could be a slippery slope. Corruption has taken on astronomical proportions. In fact, to call it corruption is to understate the crimes that have been committed and the damage that has been done to the country....

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