South African Corruption Sounds Familiar


The New York Times looked at corruption in South Africa, and found practices that sound familiar to those familiar with Iran. Iran’s regime made great promises to Iranians, but failed to deliver on almost every front. “In the generation since apartheid ended in 1994, tens of billions of dollars in public funds — intended to develop the economy and improve the lives of black South Africans — have been siphoned off by leaders of the A.N.C., the very organization that had promised them a new, equal and just nation,” the New York Times reported, saying that, “graft has engulfed the country.”

Although South Africa’s government has promised to crack down on corruption, “the early signs have not been encouraging.” In one prominent case, “some low- and midlevel officials” have been arrested like Zanjani was in Iran, but higher ups remain unprosecuted.


Read More:
‘They Eat Money’: How Mandela’s Political Heirs Grow Rich Off Corruption by Norimitsu Onishi and Selam Gebrekidan in The New York Times, April 16, 2018.

Michael De Groote