What is corruption?
Corruption is the abuse of power for personal gain. It expresses itself in many ways, such as bribes and “envelopes”, the “connections” that “settle” us, tax evasion and “favours”.
So why is it so harmful?
Unfortunately, corruption has become systematic and socially acceptable in our society – it gives and takes at all levels of our lives. It might bring temporary personal gain, but collectively erodes the solidarity and trust in our society, and makes our economy unbearably dysfunctional – and we still, daily, live the consequences of the last few years’ corruption.
What can I do about it?
The first step is to stop accepting corruption as normal, and through our silence become coconspirators in its continuation. If you need to “oil” an official to transact with the state, report it anonymously here. If a public servant asks you for a bribe, report it anonymously here. We examine all submissions and publicise the names of those who undermine the foundations of our society. If we all start acting as if walls had ears, we will build a stronger, productive and bright future for our children.