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Rethinking corruption in contemporary African philosophy: Old wine cannot fit

Emeka A. Ndaguba, Onyinye J. Ndaguba, Michel M. Tshiyoyo, Kgothatso B. Shai
The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa | Vol 14, No 1 | a465 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/td.v14i1.465 | © 2018 Emeka A. Ndaguba, Onyinye J. Ndaguba, Michel Tshiyoyo, Kgothatso Shai | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 28 August 2017 | Published: 18 June 2018

About the author(s)

Emeka A. Ndaguba, Institute of Development Assistance Management, University of Fort Hare, South Africa
Onyinye J. Ndaguba, Ola Hospital, Nigeria
Michel M. Tshiyoyo, School of Public Management and Administration, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Kgothatso B. Shai, Department of Political Science and Philosophy, University of Limpopo, South Africa


To conceive the notion of corruption presupposes the existence of corrupt individuals, groups or organisations. The existence of corrupt individuals, groups or organisations you might say presupposes the presence of an entity. Every entity (i.e. state or corporate) has laid down procedures, processes and methods of doings and functioning. When these procedures and processes are negated, one could be accused of subversion. Subversion is an element in the definition of administrative corruption and is the unwillingness to follow stipulated plans of actions. An action that negates procedures falls under corrupt practice. This article will answer the following research questions: How has corruption been framed and perceived and what are the underlining consequences in Africa? In what ways, if any, has the prevailing perception of corruption undermined and understated the notion of corruption in Africa? In what ways can a remedial be conceived in the fight to make Africa free of corruption? And finally: How can Kleptoafronia be conceived as a panacea for corruption in the continent? This article uses themes and narrative analysis in the qualitative realm to provide answers to the research questions. Over 500 scholarly materials were read and scanned from journal articles, Internet sources, textbooks and several academic indexes to provide evidence for the arguments in this article from five disciplinary standpoints: political science, public administration, criminology, psychology and medical sciences. This article is a conceptual article that tends to demonstrate that corruption in Africa is a psych-administrative disorder termed – Kleptoafronia.


corruption; kleptomania; ebola; kleptoafronia; psych-administrative disorder; EVD; mental disorder


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