Corruption as an Obstacle to Reconciliation: Its Impact on Inequality and the Erosion of Trust in Institutions and People

This paper explores the relationship between inequality and reconciliation, corruption and inequality, and corruption and institutional trust. We have seen how corruption and mismanagement, at a local and national level, has affected access to basic services. We are only too well aware of the effects that state capture and private-sector negligence have on public resources. By reducing corruption, citizens are more likely to trust in government, public representatives and business. Interpersonal trust and trust in one’s public service are an essential basis for reconciliation. Similarly, by combatting corruption to reduce entrenched inequality, it is possible to minimize divisions and create the basis for a just society in South Africa.