New corruption survey places South Africa out of top 50

BY CHARL BOSCH - MAY 11, 2016

The latest survey by civil society organisation, Transparency International, has placed South Africa in 61st position on its list of 167 countries most susceptible to corruption during 2015.

According to the findings, Botswana was determined to be the most transparent country in Africa with a score of 63 / 100 putting it in 28th place, compared to South Africa’s equal 44 / 100 with Lesotho and Senegal.

Cape Verde and the Seychelles were rated as the next best placed countries on the continent in 41st place with 55 / 100, followed by Rwanda in 44th (54 / 100), Mauritius and Namibia in 45th place (53 / 100) and Ghana in 56th position with 47 / 100.

Denmark retained its position at the top of the list as the most transparent country in the world with 95 / 100 ahead of Finland (90 / 100), Sweden (89 / 100), New Zealand (88 / 100), the Netherlands and Norway (87 / 100), Switzerland (86 / 100), Singapore (85 / 100) and Canada (83 / 100) with Germany tying Luxembourg for tenth position on 81 / 100.

At the other end of the scale, Somalia and North Korea were judged to be most corrupt with 8 / 100 ahead of Afghanistan (11 / 100), Sudan (12 / 100), South Sudan and Angola (15 / 100), Libya and Iraq (16 / 100), with Venezuela tying Guinea-Bissau in equalled tenth with 17 / 100.

“The 2015 Corruption Perceptions Index clearly shows that corruption remains a blight around the world. But 2015 was also a year when people again took to the streets to protest corruption. People across the globe sent a strong signal to those in power: it is time to tackle grand corruption,” Transparency International Chair Jose Ugaz said.

“Corruption can be beaten if we work together. To stamp out the abuse of power, bribery and shed light on secret deals, citizens must together tell their governments they have had enough”.