by Prof Deon Rossouw | Published on 3 December 2018 for The Ethics Institute monthly newsletter
Respect for the law is a cornerstone of a just and safe society. Societies that flout legal standards tend to be unsafe; prone to corruption and moral decay. And yet, while legal compliance is essential to a good society, it is not sufficient. More is needed, and that “more” is morality. This is not a new argument, nor is it a particularly innovative one. Yet it warrants repeating, once again, as South African society continues to be shown examples of its truth, with the latest being the extraordinary case of Momentum and the public response thereto.