Moeletsi Mbeki links single-party dominance to corruption

Political economist Moeletsi Mbeki says the country’s political situation has led to corruption.

FILE: Political Economist Moeletsi Mbeki says the country’s political situation has led to corruption.

JOHANNESBURG - Political economist Moeletsi Mbeki on Thursday said that South Africa will never be able to successfully fight corruption as long as there is single-party dominance.

He joined a group of economists at the Daily Maverick's public discussion The Gathering in Midrand.

Mbeki said the country's political situation had led to corruption.

"You will never overcome corruption if there is no political competition. That is the crux of single party dominance."

Fellow economist Iraj Abedian said there was no solution currently on the table.

"I have not yet heard a policy from any political party in this country that has not been tested and tried and failed elsewhere."

Another economist Martyn Davies said it was not all doom and gloom.

Davies noted that many South African businesses were doing well internationally.

"No other one emerging economy has been able to create those globally competitive multinationals than what we have. It's us and the Koreans"

However, Davies said we must unite to grow.