A country with no morals is doomed

A country that has no regard for morals that guide our behaviour is manifesting its downfall. I learnt with disgust of how Pallo Jordan lied about his qualifications. I asked myself this provocative question: ‘What have we become? Mr Jordan’s actions raises questions about morality and our disregard for education. It is a pity that we still have people who justify his actions instead of naming and shaming it before it develops into a norm. It is morally incorrect to label his resignation as an honorary thing since it was mandatory. A person who lost public trust is no longer legitimate to lead us. Morals are not taught at school and they must be applied to guard our behaviour if we are to build a just and equal society.

The ANCYL is pulling a publicity stunt by proposing that Mr Jordan be honoured for his contribution in the creation of the knowledge society. I won’t dispute the fact that his contributions were exemplary in our young democracy but the lying part of this issue has erased everything that he has done. For a leader to lie to the general public, it has more negative ramifications than we are made to believe. What will happen to the confidence of all the young people who aspired to be like him? What does this tells us about how we value education as a country characterised by intellectual poverty and skills shortage? The sentence for someone who lies to the public should be developed before our country is doomed.
Wehr Wulf 2014-08-12 01:04:43 PM
Did you vote ANC? Just asking.
Mawethu Lufundo 2014-08-12 01:53:18 PM
Yes ,you are spot on my friend
Tiyiselani Wa Bevhula 2014-08-12 02:03:24 PM
Nope Mr Wulf. I voted EFF.
Chris May 2014-08-12 02:26:15 PM
When a person lies, their physiology changes. If one were to introduce selenic acid to the armpit of someone when they lie, it would turn pink. It means the lying has changed the body (and probably mind)and then we all cry about cancer etc. We should be true. We should say when we don't have paper qualification, and ask for a chance. We should just be true.
Richard Cypher 2014-08-12 02:57:51 PM
@Author, you wrote: "It is morally incorrect to label his resignation as an honorary thing since it was mandatory." In the South Africa misgoverned by the ANC, resigning in this instance is indeed the honourable thing to do. It is the exception to the norm. I don't for a second support what Jordan did, but I do applaud his decision to resign.
Johnny B Goode 2014-08-12 03:02:50 PM
The problem with this country is the goddamned tribalism. Why is a person like the public protector not encouraged to enter politics? She would do a fine job! Who decided that the current gang of criminals in parliament gets to represent the masses who are now shouting of their displeasure and mistrust in their leaders? How do africans choose their leadership? Is it still the bloodlines? Obviously competence is not a prerequisite for leading the masses.
Rohin 2014-08-12 03:35:21 PM
whereas most other politicians pretend that nothing is wrong, and refuse to be accountable for their actions, he has at least admitted to the wrong doing and resigned. For that I respect him. He didn't blame apartheid, he didn't blame a third force, he didn't call for an investigation - he apologised and resigned. Therein lies the difference. We all make mistakes, but the morals you're referring to that is so lacking is admitting when we're wrong and turning around and walking the correct path.