Renewal of political culture

Lets break the cycle!!!

Lets break the cycle

Lwanda Mthengenya


Adherence to good governance creates an environment where corruption struggles to flourish. Failure to adhere to the practices of good governance means stakeholders increasingly demand accountability. Mass action and strikes are organised in protest as citizens begin to lose faith in the ability or willingness of their elected officials. Political instability increases. Investment declines. The sale of shares by investors decreases the value and rating of companies. Their regulators can deny them licenses, a stock exchange listing, or the ability to sell products and services. Other organisations refuse to do business with them.  And donors or economic organisations grant fewer loans or aid to nations whose governance is murky. 

Personal interests, greed, and avarice continue to undermine the government's ability to allocate resources and deliver services effectively. As a result, poverty and deprivation have resulted in frustration, disillusionment, and unending protests. All of this shows that people's support for those in power has waned. As a result, there is insecurity. This is why I believe it is possible to argue that corruption poses a threat to national security when measured by socio-political stability, economic solidarity and strength, ecological balance, and internal peace, among other things.

In the painting, we see a young boy peeping over the South African flag and the Sun behind him. The sun gives life and symbolizes hope and also symbolizes the determination to live and the creative force of life. 

The South African flag in the painting is upside down, broken, or torn, and has a gap inside; this, for me, represents the current situation in our country, in which corruption and other socio-political issues are destroying the nation. At the bottom of the painting, we have citizens of South Africa protesting on their different issues that are not being met by the government, this is to depict where we really stand as the people of South Africa and how the government is not prioritizing us and our needs as the People. As the young boy in the painting, I'm trying to raise awareness among the youth and elderly that we need to break the cycle and start working together to figure out how we can push and strive forward as a country. We should stand and fight corruption.


Lwanda Mthengenya is a multi-disciplined creative who is currently studying Fine Arts at the University of Fort Hare, he was born in a small town called Alice in the Eastern cape and found his passion for art at the age of nine. In 2008, he attended his primary school in Laerskool Adelaide and was first introduced to portraiture water painting by his teacher in grade 3, and that’s when his spark for art really started, his love grew more as he explored more mediums. He matriculated in Adelaide Gymnasium in 2019 and was the deputy Head boy of the school and also Head boy of the hostel, even though he was in boarding school, he was raised by his grandmother. In 2020 he got accepted at the University of Fort Hare to study Fine Arts, where he got to be exposed to and nurtured by Dr. Photelwa and Mr. Sogoni. He has taken part in other community projects, with the recent painting of a mural of the late former Border Bulldogs head coach Elliot Fana. The work he creates is inspired by his childhood environment and how it has shaped him to be who he is today. The main focal point in his art is healing people through the medium of visual arts and believes that art is therapeutic not only for him but for those who also experience his art by telling a story of life, dreams, and memories. His main medium is Acrylic paint, charcoal, and fine liner.

He is currently working on a series called WE BECOME WHO WE ARE THROUGH THESE MOMENTS IN TIME, a series of meaningful moments remembered and reflecting on his achievements, dream fulfillment and growth.

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