MANAGING CORRUPTION IN SOUTH AFRICA: THE ETHICAL RESPONSIBILITY OF CHURCHES

J. M. Vorster

Abstract


The South African society continues to stagger under an immense wave of
corruption in both the private and the public sectors. Corruption is the misuse of
public office or a position of authority for private, material or social gain at the
expense of other people. The aim of this investigation is to discuss the phenomenon
from a moral point of view and to suggest moral directives and ways that can assist
the Christian churches to address corruption from a Christian ethical angle of
approach. The church lives by its testimony and by its ministry. Based on this
vocation the churches have the responsibility to engage in the struggle against
corruption by raising ethical awareness and constantly reminding society at large of
the plight of the poor. Pointing to Christ as the model of human conduct, the
churches should enhance the deeper meaning of self-interest, honesty, fairness,
responsibility, compassion, love and accountability. The development of an attitude
of servanthood and stewardship according to the attitude of Christ is of specific
importance in the process of raising ethical awareness. These values are much
needed in a culture of corruption driven by self-interest and greed. And last but not
least, the churches must always call for social justice and never refrain from
reminding the prosperity-driven South African society that as long as the current
large-scale poverty prevails, corruption will be difficult to curtail.

Keywords


Corruption; Greed; Self-Interest; Ethical Awareness; Stewardship; Servanthood

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/109-0-130

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