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‘It’s important for initiatives like Sefsa to gain traction’

Zwelinzima Vavi says its concerning that corruption is almost always expected when it comes to government.

Zwelinzima Vavi. Picture: GCIS.
Zwelinzima Vavi,Sefsa,Socio Economic Future of South Africa
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JOHANNESBURG - Former Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi says with corruption almost becoming a norm in South Africa, it’s important for initiatives like the Socio-Economic Future of South Africa (Sefsa) intervention to gain traction.  

Vavi was speaking at the wanderers on the final day of a dialogue on the Sefsa.

He and other delegates at the summit say the country’s moral compass has been corrupted.

Vavi says its concerning that corruption is almost always expected when doing business with the South African government.

“It’s almost like a norm that you can hardly do any business with the state without having to grace a hand of some beaurocrat.”

Along with the country’s moral compass, he says levels of trust across the spectrum are also on the decline.

“Trust within business, between business and communities and labour movements, trust between citizens and their government [is on the decline].”

He has called on civil society to beg in finding and implementing practical solutions through initiatives like Sefsa.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)

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