Reduce corruption by reducing discretion – MARTIN VAN STADEN
South Africa and other societies spend untold millions on combating the scourge of corruption. Conferences are held on how to fight it more effectively and entire academic fields are dedicated to analysing it. We tend, however, to overthink and complicate corruption. The solution is quite simple and evident: reduce discretionary powers. This may not eliminate corruption, but it will lead to a marked reduction in its prevalence.
The Rule of Law is a founding value of South Africa’s constitutional order, and, by virtue of section 1(c) of our highest law which provides for the supremacy of the Constitution “and” the Rule of Law, a value that could be considered to be of equal authority with the text of the Constitution itself.
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