On 1 July this year, a young-ish man with extensive experience in local government finance arrived in a small town to take up a new job in the municipality. Three weeks later, he is desperate to leave. He is miserable and depressed, so sickened by the corruption and theft that he has witnessed around him that he will take any job to get out of there. He approached Daily Maverick to tell his story. By NIKI MOORE.