Khoza Believes SA is Heading in Direction of ‘Rogue State’


Nedbank chairman Reuel Khoza may be in hot water once again for criticising South Africa’s leaders. This time he claims that they lack ethics and are leading South Africa down the road of becoming a “rogue state”.

In an article published on, Khoza said that SA needs to heed the warnings of international leaders – specifically warnings against corruption and the ANC losing its moral authority. He wrote: “”Not only is corruption rife at the top of society, but convicted criminals with the right connections can get a sympathetic hearing from the powers-that-be.”

This is not the first time Khoza has criticised SA’s leadership. In April he was called to the African National Congress (ANC) headquarters when he wrote in Nedbank’s annual report that there was a “strange breed” of leaders undermining SA’s democratic institutions.

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said that Khoza was free to air his views in public and if he had decided to be a “political commentator or intellectual”, he saw no need for the ANC to respond.

During a session of Parliament on Thursday, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe tackled the topic of corruption and stated that it demanded far more than just the right institutions and laws in place.

“Corruption happens when people who work inside and outside government manipulate the system for their own benefit. This happens despite the robustness of anticorruption institutions,” Motlanthe said.

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