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Survey: Corruption levels highest in South Africa

By Charl Bosch - Dec 2, 2015
Survey: Corruption levels highest in South Africa

A new survey on corruption levels in sub-Saharan Africa, has found South Africa to be the worst performing country during 2015.

The findings, conducted by Transparency International and African research agency, Afrobarometer, revealed that, out of the 42 143 people interviewed in 28 countries, 83% believed corruption showed the biggest increase in South Africa, with the next highest being Ghana (76%) and Nigeria (75%).

Countries where corruption was adjudged to have shown the lowest growth were Burkina Faso (28%), Mail (31%) and Cote D’Ivoire (32%).

It also found that 79% of respondents believed the South African government to be doing “badly” in the fight against corruption, with the country coming in behind Madagascar (90%), Liberia (81%), Zimbabwe (80%) and Benin (79%).

On a continental scale, 47% believed corruption was most likely to occur in the police force followed by business executives (42%), government officials (38%), tax officials (37%) and judges (34%).

Bribery under public service representatives in South Africa was rated as one of lowest at 7%, compared to Liberia (69%), Cameroon (48%), Nigeria (43%), Sierra Leone (41%) and Uganda (38%).

In a statement, Transparency International said the findings “paints a bleak picture” of corruption levels on the continent, adding that those mostly affected, are often too poor to afford the basics such as food and health care.

“The region faces a serious dilemma in ridding itself of graft, because while people told reported incidents of bribery is one of the best ways to stop corruption from happening, many refused other refused because they are scared of suffering retribution and think reporting mechanisms are ineffective,” the statement read.

“Tackling corruption and reducing poverty go hand in hand, thus governments across the region, and in other parts of the world, [needs] to include accurate anti-corruption measures and metrics as part of implementing and tracking progress on their sustainable development goals”.


The full report can be downloaded here