South Africa, since the dawn of Jacob Zuma’s tenure as the head of state, has been muddled with allegations of government corruption.
It was shielded by spin doctors and deflective strategies for the most part of his presidency. However, we have gotten a front row seat, for the first time ever, into the theatrics of how corruption runs deep in our government.
Corruption in South Africa
Take, for instance, Deputy Chief Justice, Raymond Zondo’s commission of inquiry into state capture. We now have a full glimpse of how rotten South Africa’s Cabinet really is. Allegations of collusion, bribery and the flouting of procurement processes for personal benefit have been thrown out and we are not even halfway through the duration of the inquiry.
However, according to the Corruption Perceptions Index Survey, South Africa is not all that bad compared to 180 other countries in the world.
Transparency International is the research group that observed the perceived levels of corruption in the public sector from experts and businesspeople.
“The index uses a scale of zero to 100, where zero is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean. More than two thirds of countries scored below 50 on this year’s CPI, with an average score of just 43.”
— Transparency International
South Africa ranks 73rd in CPI Survey
The highest-scoring region, according to the survey, was Western Europe and the European Union, collecting an average of 66 out of 100.
Sub-Sahara Africa, on the other hand, gathered the lowest average with 32 out of 100, making it the most corruption region on the planet.