Conduits of Political Corruption and Patronage in South African Government

  • Sandiso Mahlala North -West University, South Africa
  • Lusanda Juta North -West University, South Africa
  • Lewis Chigova North -West University, South Africa
  • Abongile Zweni Sol Plaatje University, South Africa
Keywords: Political Corruption; Political Patronage; Special Investigative Unit; State Capture; Covid-19; Corruption; South Africa


Anecdotes of corruption and clear-cut lines of patronage in political parties and the government are frequently featured in South African newspapers and news media. Such graft and favouritism have institutionalised themselves more and more, resulting in the phenomenon of governmental capture and the diversion of Covid-19 relief monies. In order to further their own interests, political elites and those working in the public and private sectors influenced government decisions in this way. This paper presents examples of state capture, Covid-19 corruption, and patronage, as well as how these have a negative impact on broader governance and society at large. The fact that such corruption and patronage are occurring at a time when the South African economy is stagnating is particularly troubling since it implies that more people are getting less and raises concerns about the country's future political stability. This article further examines how party patronage as one method by which political parties exploit the state. The conceptual nature of the study is supported by a survey of the relevant literature from a range of sources, such as government regulations, media excepts, and scholarly works.

How to Cite
Mahlala, S., Juta, L., Chigova, L., & Zweni, A. (2023). Conduits of Political Corruption and Patronage in South African Government. International Journal of Social Science Research and Review, 6(11), 16-25.