Written by: Dr Pearl Kupe
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Corruption is a scourge that is in every nation and pervades every sector of society, including public and private sectors, and is even prevalent within the Church. It is not uncommon nowadays to see men and women masquerading as servants of God, but are con artists in reality who are scamming innocent congregants and members of the Body of Christ.
Africa & corruption
The African Union estimates that close to $150 billion is lost annually due to corruption in Africa alone.
The issue of poverty and unequal distribution of resources will be much more easily be resolved if nations can put a stop to the corruption gravy trains that many leaders are riding.
In an unprecedented move, this past week saw the Angolan courts sentence José Filomeno dos Santos (who is the son of the former Angolan President, Eduardo Dos Santos) to five years imprisonment. This was after he was found guilty of fraud involving $500 million.
José Filomeno dos Santos had been in charge of Angola’s oil-rich Sovereign Wealth Fund and was accused of trying to embezzle up to $1.5bn while overseeing the $5bn fund from 2013 to 2018. He was charged with stealing $500m from the fund and transferring it to a bank account in Switzerland.
In a related matter, another one of former Angolan President’s children, Isabel Dos Santos, who is believed to be Africa’s richest woman with an estimated net worth of $1.7 billion, has suffered similar woes. Isabel dos Santos, was fired from her position as head of the state oil giant Sonango in November 2017 over alleged embezzlement.
Could this be a signal that African citizens have finally had enough of corruption and is this a sign that African nations are ready to commit to ridding the nations of corruption and all corrupt leaders?
The judiciary in Angola must be commended for dispensing justice without fear or favour. With the recent court outcomes, the judiciary in Angola has set a very good precedent which other SADC and African nations must follow.
GFWE Conference: “Righteousness in the Marketplace”
On Sunday 30th August, we will be hosting our Global Forum of Women Entrepreneurs (GFWE) online conference from 17h00 – 19h00.
One of our keynote speakers, Graham Power is a leading businessman in South Africa and the servant leader of the Unashamedly Ethical network, a global network that is “guided by a founding vision to transform society by taking a stand for ethics, values and clean living”.
The network is also dedicated to developing an “unashamedly ethical culture among this generation of leaders and the next”.
Thandi Mthetwa, a journalist and former Editor of Move magazine and Drum magazine will also be participating in the online conference as a guest speaker.
Members of the public are invited to join us as we discuss issues of corruption, and how they are negatively impacting us on an individual level, corporately as a nation, and continent overall.
The meeting will be livestreamed on Facebook using the link www.facebook.com/GFWESA
Join us on our Facebook page #WeShallNotBeSilent and me on my Personal Facebook page facebook.com/DrPearlKupe
Date published: 17/08/2020
Pearl Kupe is an attorney and international consultant to world leaders and international organisations. She is the international president of the Global Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (www.gfwe.co.za). Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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