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Urgent need for action

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These views could not be more apt for the current public hearings of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into State Capture

The hearings of the judicial commission of inquiry into allegations of state capture will resume on Monday, 14 January 2019. Picture: Karen Sandison/African News Agency(ANA)

Our State entities have over time been gripped by severe corruption. A number of people running these organisations have been found wanting.

As a result, their ethics have come under intense scrutiny.

In fact, on the issue of ethics, renowned physicists Albert Einstein and John Ziman both put it so ­eloquently.

Einstein reminded us not to be too concerned with success, but to ensure we lead valuable lives, while Ziman maintained: “Ethics is not just an abstract intellectual discipline. It is about the conflicts that arise in trying to meet real human needs and values.”

These views could not be more apt for the current public hearings of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into State Capture.

Last year, we learnt of explosive revelations and heard uncomfortable truths about the crises some of the country’s governmental organisations face owing to graft and unscrupulous behaviour by those entrusted to lead and oversee them.

We witnessed unexpected confessions – as some individuals sought to shed light on the role they had played in meeting or forming acquaintances with people whose integrity was questionable.

Some, as a result, fell on their swords and walked away from their positions.

But, you see, as these hearings continue, this country’s citizens cannot afford to be fed explosive ­evidence and theatrics.

If this continues, it will render the commission useless.

This time, action needs to be taken against those who compromised their ethics and duties for the benefit of their own interests.

We need men and women who agree to being held accountable and who will be prepared to spend their lives fixing the mess they have created.

If this does not happen, then Shakespeare would have been right. It would be a case of much ado about nothing!