South Africa has a lot of issues when it comes to corruption within the government – the building of a lavish homestead using taxpayers’ money, the appointment of unqualified COOs, and so on.

But according to Transparency International (a global company that monitors corruption in more than 100 countries) corruption in South Africa isn’t perceived as alarmingly high… when compared to other countries in the world that is.

At the end of each year, Transparency International publishes the Corruption Perceptions Index which ranks countries and territories based on how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be. Each country or territory is ranked on a scale of 0 – 100, where 0 means that a country is perceived as highly corrupt and 100 means it is perceived to be clean. 

According to last year’s Corruption Index, South Africa scored at 42 out of 100 and is ranked 72nd out of the 177 countries listed. Surprisingly enough, it scored 43 out of 100 in 2012, meaning it was perceived to be less corrupt in 2013.

In Africa, South Africa ranks 10th out 48 counties listed from the continent, while Botswana is perceived as the least corrupt country.

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The country perceived as the least corrupt (at number 177) is Denmark, while Somalia is perceived as the most corrupt.

Although South Africa isn’t as bad compared to countries like as Pakistan and South Sudan on the Corruption Perception Index, it still doesn’t mean corruption should be tolerated, no matter how prevalent.

Hover your mouse over the map to see each country’s ranking, the darker the colour, the more corrupt it is.

[Source – Transparency International, Image – Shutterstock]