Transparency International (TI) survey has ranked South Africa 73rd out of 180 countries worldwide when it comes to the perceived levels of corruption in the public sector. South Africa was given a score of 43, which is the same score it earned in 2017.
The Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index 2018, uses a scale of zero to 100, where zero is highly corrupt while 100 is clean, and South Africa remains in the group of countries that scored below fifty.
“South Africa’s experience of state capture was a textbook example of the relationship between corruption and the undermining of democracy, we have seen how in order to loot public funds, the perpetrators have had to undermine those key pillars of democracy that are responsible for holding those in power to account,” said Corruption Watch’s executive director, David Lewis.
The Sub-Saharan African region is still the worst performing region, and the performance is linked to stark political and socio-economic contrast, according to TI index.
“The undermining of Parliament and criminal justice institutions are key cases in point. We have also seen how institutions that reflect the strength of our democracy, such as civil society organisations, the media and the courts have been critical features of the fight back against state capture,” concluded Lewis
With the ANC, and President Cyril Ramaphosa in particular, preaching a desire to rid government corruption, it should be interesting to see whether the public sector will view the state of corruption in the country differently next year.