Nation’s moral health

Mark Kleinschmidt, Ward 60 councillor, Lansdowne

The leaking of the matric maths paper 2 and physical science paper 2 is a sad indictment of the state of our moral health as a nation, seemingly when any commodity is for sale to the highest bidder.

The Zondo Commission’s probe into state capture, fleshing out the deeprooted corruption in government, depicts the moral degeneration of state officials in high places.

Can one blame adolescent matrics for resorting to dishonest means in order to pass the matric examination?

The corrupt official selling the examination paper, if apprehended, must be given the harshest possible sentence, to deter future offenders.

Corruption in South Africa includes the private use of public resources, bribery and improper favouritism.

My prayer is that the global Covid-19 pandemic, with its severe implications for our ailing economy, will serve as a wake-up call to both government and citizens that we must fight corruption and dishonesty at all costs.

The other scourge to eradicate in our society is gender-based violence, especially as we vigilantly observe the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children Campaign.