Leadership recruitment and corruption : South Africa in focus.
Corruption as a social malaise is not only multifaceted but variety of definitions tendered to describe this phenomenon tends to ascribe a relativist stance to it. In the sense that corruption is an outcome of a system and different systems breed different ills. These ills are ills nonetheless. An umbrella definition tends to understand corruption as a breach of trust which arises from the misuse or abuse of public power for personal interest. This is qualitative desktop study that employs a fusion of Neo-patrimonialism and the Economic Theory of political corruption in order to investigate the link between the process of recruiting political candidates and the growth of corruption in South Africa. Both theories argue that most politicians are driven by personal and or factional interests. A major proposition of this research is that there is correlation between the quality of political leadership and the rate of corruption. A second proposition is that competent political candidates should improve the quality of governance. The word competence here is employed as an umbrella term as it encases social history, educational background, inter alia, of prospective political candidates. As a way of proffering solution, this study intends to make a break from convention by arguing that the exploration and application of employee selection criteria in the selection of political candidates can help a great deal in the fight against political corruption in South Africa.
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