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43% pass rate for SA on corruption

Dec 05 2012 12:13 I-Net Bridge

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Johannesburg - South Africa’s poor corruption record has once again affected its global reputation as it has dropped to 69 out of 176 countries from 64 in 2011 in Transparency International’s latest Corruption Perceptions Index 2012. It is a far cry from the 43rd place of 2007‚ at the time an eight-point improvement.

Two thirds of the 176 countries ranked in the 2012 index score below 50‚ on a scale from 0 (perceived to be highly corrupt) to 100 (perceived to be very clean)‚ showing that public institutions need to be more transparent‚ and powerful officials more accountable. SA’s score out of 100 was just 43.

On the African continent SA dropped down two places to number 7 from 9.

The five best countries in the world were Denmark‚ Finland‚ New Zealand‚ Sweden and Singapore‚ while the five worst countries were Myanmar‚ Sudan‚ Afghanistan‚ Korea (North) and Somalia. Botswana came out best of the African countries‚ but Africa remains the most corrupt continent followed by Eastern Europe.

“After a year with a global focus on corruption‚ we expected more governments to take a tougher stance against the abuse of power‚” said Huguette Labelle‚ the chair of the board of directors of Transparency International.

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