State Capture Inquiry

We should call it treason! They betrayed the country! - Corruption Watch

The Zondo commission of Inquiry into state capture. Picture: EWN.

(Also read: "South Africans are getting poorer and poorer")

How one can credibly claim to be fighting corruption and retain the likes of Nomvula Mokonyane and Bathabile Dlamini in one’s Cabinet… To privilege the unity of the party above everything else… may not be a wise strategy for the president or for the party.

David Lewis, Corruption Watch

We talk about Ubuntu… there’s not a hell of a lot of evidence of that…

David Lewis, Corruption Watch

What does ‘treason’ mean? I think we’ve got to apply this term to this type of conduct… Those who did what they did to Eskom seriously betrayed the country… These are people who claim loyalty to the country… they have undermined the interest of the country to a startling and terrifying degree…

David Lewis, Corruption Watch

What are the economic and fiscal costs of corruption in South Africa?

The economic costs of corruption include lower levels of GDP growth, inefficient public investment, reduced investment, reduced entrepreneurial innovation, higher rates of inflation and inequality.

Corruption drains the fiscus while lowering tax revenue.

It leads to higher debt levels and financing costs.

There are, also, severe psychological costs.

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed David Lewis, Executive Director at Corruption Watch.

Listen to the interview in the audio below (and scroll down for more quotes from it).

It’s a little like a replay of the Sopranos… It’s outrageous and bloody depressing!

David Lewis, Corruption Watch

The major cost is in the breakdown of trust between the public and anyone in a position in power…

David Lewis, Corruption Watch

When I hear about Nomvula Mokonyane; it doesn’t surprise me…

David Lewis, Corruption Watch

The range of people mentioned... Who has escaped this?

David Lewis, Corruption Watch

Entire townships and housing estates don’t get built, but they get paid for… it’s pretty damn serious!

David Lewis, Corruption Watch

The Nomvula Mokonyane’s and Bathabile Dlamini’s… it’s easy to see what should be done to them…

David Lewis, Corruption Watch

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