SA Inc too afraid to publically support anti-corruption marches on 30 September?

On 30 September anti-corruption marchers will descend upon the Union Buildings and Parliament.

In private discussions, business says it is in full support of the marches, but no one is willing to lend public support or money to the actions.

You can’t “cry corruption” in abstract and then be afraid to be associated with anything that challenges the status quo, says Mark Heywood, Executive Director of SECTION27 and also on the Steering Committee for Unite Against Corruption.

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield Heywood.

Scroll down for quotes from the audio below.

When it comes to corruption there’s a total free for all. That’s why we’re calling for these marches.

Mark Heywood, SECTION27

We have over 200 organisations supporting us. We’re appealing to South Africans to recognise that – whether you’re rich or poor – there’s a common cause in sorting this out.

Mark Heywood, SECTION27

We’ve met with senior executives. They all support us, but aren’t prepared to add their names to the call for action.

Mark Heywood, SECTION27

Corruption within the business sector is as rife as it is in the government.

Mark Heywood, SECTION27

I think there’s a political fear. But this isn’t an anti-government march! It’s an anti-corruption march. It’s time Business stuck its head out!

Mark Heywood, SECTION27

We don’t think it should be controversial to say corruption is threatening us!

Mark Heywood, SECTION27

If Business doesn’t take a stand with us; where will we be in five or 10 years from now?

Mark Heywood, SECTION27

Corruption is endemic; we’ve got to clean it out wherever it is!

Mark Heywood, SECTION27

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