n Without Prejudice - Editor's note - editorial

Volume 19 Number 11
  • ISSN : 1681-178X


For a brief moment South Africans stood together wherever they were, rugby fan or not, united by the joy of the Springboks’ victory at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan. For that moment all the adjectives that are used to describe and divide us fell away – but only for ‘one moment in time’. Looking back at what has happened, or hasn’t, in 2019 it seems that favourite expression, le plus ça change plus c'est la même chose applies as much to this year as it did last, and the one before that and before that… Perhaps the most difficult thing for most South Africans to come to terms with is the lack of accountability. Corruption is uncovered constantly and, unsurprisingly, at all levels. The apparent belief that some are entitled to it all and are not required to adhere to the law, or have any code of ethics continues. One recent exposé is that 43 current and former cabinet ministers owe rent – annual salary between R2m and R2.4m, subsidised rent R1 200 a month.

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