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Pravin Gordhan Speaks Out On South Africa’s “Disease Of Greed”

Since the firing of Pravin Gordhan as the ANC’s Minister of Finance earlier this year, we hardly hear from him.

Rather, we have to rely on events and conferences that he attends and give speeches at to gather pearls of wisdom from the man who has come to represent what the ANC should be like.

Well, that happened today and his topic was pretty on point, as always.

Speaking at the Ethics and Energy conference at Stellenbosch University, Gordhan told delegates that it’s time South Africans began to “fight institutionalised corruption‚ greed and state capture through mobilised activism that leads to action in the streets”.

Because, well, that’s how we will make an impact.

He went on to say that “the country had an economic system which “incentivised” corruption and “rewarded” greed,” reports Times LIVE:

“With the kind of economic system that dominates [SA]‚ the social standards by which people are judged actually incentivises corruption. Because greed is a key driver of economic behaviour‚” said Gordhan.

“State capture has made people very aware of what is going on and who the culprits are and what needs to be done. At some stage they will express their displeasure‚” he said.

“As activists we need to mobilise people around causes. When society is activated around a cause and gets out into the streets – that is important if we are going to have [an] impact.”

Although Gordhan said he could not predict what would happen at the upcoming ANC elective conference in Johannesburg in December, he did state that he hopes current deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa will be elected as the party’s president to start a “new era within the country and party”.

If that’s the case, then we can all hope for that “glass-half-full” scenario laid out by Max du Preez.

Hmmm.

[source: timeslive]

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