n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - The ruling political parties and the war against crime and corruption in Nigeria and South Africa : the case of two brothers with headless bodies

Special Edition 2
  • ISSN : 1012-8093


This article argues that the crime of corruption is fundamentally the 'taking over' and/or misappropriation of property(ies) (movable and immovable) that essentially belong to the masses, without the consent of the latter. The criminality in the commission of crime (offence) is the act or omission prohibited and punishable by the state. It then inescapably means that the Nigerian and South African ruling political parties, executives and or the law enforcers are chasing shadows in their fight against crime and corruption in both countries. Use of a document analysis research method was adopted for this article. While a document is an important source of data, the researcher has critically and with caution considered all reviewed documents. In this article an attempt is made to provide a convergence of evidence that produces research findings results. Triangulation of the collected and analysed information assisted in safeguarding against a possible accusation that the findings in this article are 'simply artefacts of a single method, a single source, or a single investigator's bias'. The article reveals that, as presently constituted, the Nigerian and the South African ruling political parties, executives and law enforcers cannot realistically combat the crime of corruption. The conclusion drawn in this article is based on the fact that a fairly large number of prominent members of both ruling political parties, their executives and appointed law enforcers in the two countries are themselves corrupt or lawbreakers.

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