Govern with virtue, keep order with punishment - Trevor Manuel

Former finance minister Trevor Manuel says South Africa should take a leaf from China's book in dealing with corruption.

Speaking to 702's Xolani Gwala, Manuel said government should demonstrate its seriousness to deal with any vestige of corruption in society.

Listen to the conversation below:

We must demonstrate no tolerance for it (corruption) anywhere... I think the country that's doing the most in this regard is China... bring back a strong ethic into government...

Trevor Manuel, former finance minister

Manuel, paraphrasing French economist Thomas Piketty, said there should be transparency about sources of wealth and that would be a starting point to creating an equitable society.

...Once you start taxing the wealthy, you can start creating a more equitable society.

Trevor Manuel, former finance minister

Manuel said China stood out for him by the way the country went out after officials who were implicated in corrupt deeds.

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