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Pathologies and Antidotes of Corruption in Africa

23 March 2011
12:15 - 13:30

Date :

23 March 2011

Time :

12:15 – 13:30

Presenter :

Modimowabarwa Hendrick Kanyane


“Corruption is a mantra of the human soul which imperceptibly eats way its fabric. It is an ethical problem which needs ethical medication to bring a resolve to it apart from legal and institutional instruments.  It is required of everyone to rally around and wheeled as a united force to unravel and disturb its equation without any qualms.” (Prof MH Kanyane)

Corruption is a worldwide phenomenon. It is understood in ancient and modern terms, but it is often than not the most sophisticated and master minded subject to talk about. Corruption prevails as pathological manifestation and consequence of bad governance.  


It is the antithesis of good governance and it knows no organisation, be it government, business or civil society, developed or underdeveloped countries. It is pernicious to the organisation and has besmirched the African countries to develop rapidly. Once it infects the bloodstream of any governance, it causes irreparable damage to organisational integrity and public morals. As a result the clientele end up losing trust in the very integrity of the government. 


This seminal paper poses critical pathological issues of corruption in Africa. What comes to mind is whether corruption is under spot check or not in the African continent? Presumably, it is for this reason that if the situation in the African continent remains unchecked, corruption is sure to aggravate peoples’ anxiety making the position of the state increasingly precarious. To this end, the seminal paper looks at selected case studies and Transparency International indexes to inform the enormity of corruption in the continent.


The paper goes to an extent of discussing the root cause of corruption and its manifestations of conflict of interest including ramifications thereof and thereby proposes strong mechanisms in an attempt to bring a resolve to it. This paper is informed by the author’s research experience on the issues of ethics and professionalism. 


Modimowabarwa Hendrick Kanyane completed B. Admin, B. Admin (Hons) and M. Admin, dissertation entitled “Corruption in South Africa” at University of the North, now Limpopo. He later completed Doctor Administrationis with University of Pretoria; thesis entitled “Conflict of interest in South Africa”. He completed his post graduate studies as a result of local and international support. Prof. Kanyane held the position of lecturer and Head of Masters of Public Administration Programme at University of Limpopo for more than eleven unbroken years. He later joined University of Fort Hare as an Associate Professor and Head of Public Administration for three consecutive years.


Prof Kanyane is recognised by his peers as the leading scholar in the field of public administration and he is now with Human Science Research Council as Acting Director, Special Projects in the Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery Programme. He serves in various capacities in the academia, government and civil society. His astute and penetrating voice is heard locally and internationally. Prof. Kanyane is a reputable traditional scholar of Public Administration and has seasoned expertise in research, community engagement and consulting in the areas of ethics, public policy, public sector finance, governance, local government, amongst others. He has successfully supervised post graduate research projects in volumes of more than forty dissertations and has consequently published in peer reviewed reputable journals earned to his credit. Adding to his intellectual panache, Prof Kanyane traveled globally in the pursuit of academic excellence and best models.



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