43% pass rate for SA on corruption

2012-12-05 12:13

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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  • RedForman101 - 2012-12-05 12:25

    So it's actually a fail then and not a pass. Pass would mean you advance, as it is less than 51% it's a fail.

      surfing.sam.9 - 2012-12-05 14:29

      Amazingly, see where our governments buddies(China)are. Birds of a feather ... what again.

      kgolane.thulare - 2012-12-05 14:49

      Our score for prior 1994 would have been interesting to see.

      surfing.sam.9 - 2012-12-05 15:10

      Kgolane, maybe it was worse, but what did we have to do to that corrupt government, are they still in power? Why did we have to get them out of power, you see why we need to get the anc out?

      louwhan.hoffmann - 2012-12-05 15:22

      not accoriding to government standards. Remember 30% is a fail. Still 13% to steal.

      rob.bancroft.94 - 2012-12-05 17:30

      kgolane, why try and grasp at straws? It doesn't help to try and shift the blame. It is a generally known fact (for those who acknowledge it) that the previous government and the public service was far, far less corrupt than the present. Their problem was that they had a bad policy called apartheid.

  • herman.kramer.988 - 2012-12-05 12:30

    There you go Zuma, proof that the world knows you are full of BS!

  • kevin.moxham.3 - 2012-12-05 12:36

    Time for the country to get it's act together - everyone needs to demonstrate self disciplined and have a better work ethic. SA has too many takers and not enough makers.....!!

      lionel.schultz.1 - 2012-12-05 17:35

      Yeah right and good luck with your optimism.

  • marcus.vermaak - 2012-12-05 12:40

    "South Africa has the best government and works so hard to fight corruption and poverty!" - Said no one ever!

  • annie.israel.50 - 2012-12-05 12:44

    I wonder if the corrupt politician actually read this article - even if they do they would not care - Corrupt politician will carry on with stealing the hard earned money from the people working hard to make ends meet - Charges should be brought again ZUMA and ALL HIS CROONIES - The anc disgust me!!! ROTTEN SCROUNDELS!!!!!!

  • popeye.sailor.1884 - 2012-12-05 12:47

    What did you expect from a Zot ?

      colin.dovey - 2012-12-05 13:55

      That remark is not needed @popeye

      malcolm.james.macleod - 2012-12-05 15:14

      Shame on you.

      polya314 - 2012-12-07 08:45

      Go away.

  • vaughan.lund - 2012-12-05 12:49

    I see the only African country that exceeds 50 was Botswana. And guess what Botswana has, a real multi-party democracy where the ruling party is not guaranteed victory at every election.

      lionel.schultz.1 - 2012-12-05 17:38

      And they still have the death penalty for rapists and murderers. Can we not switch governments?

  • lulu.shezi - 2012-12-05 12:49

    corrupt officials have their fingers in the cookie jar as we read this

  • saschalipka - 2012-12-05 12:50

    God knows where we are ranking in five years time

  • corne.dunn - 2012-12-05 12:53

    To be honest, I'm actually amazed that we made the top 100

      Wally Wal - 2012-12-05 13:22

      how do they calculate that according to the billions been stolen SA should be at 176

  • hein.huyser - 2012-12-05 12:53

    The cANCer is exposed for the fraud it is. Pity we all gets affected by this and not only them and those who keep them in power

  • Montagnes.Bleues - 2012-12-05 12:55

    Never fear, zuma & duartte will take us down to place 175 of least transparent by probably February 2013

      Wally Wal - 2012-12-05 13:19

      SA will drop to 176 place its only a matter of time

  • wperold - 2012-12-05 13:13

    How do you prevent corruption? 1.Teach morality in homes and schools. 2.Bring back the death penalty 3.Minimize the power of government.

      Wally Wal - 2012-12-05 13:38

      It is absolutely disgusting!! SssssiiiiiiSssssssss

  • BobM6389 - 2012-12-05 13:22

    If one looks at the world table then one must assume that we are going to get worse. Brazil 43%, SA 43%, China 39%, India 36% and Russia 28%. As we have entered an agreement with the other 4 where are we heading????

  • leon.vanderlinde.14 - 2012-12-05 13:25

    We should be at 160, but the corrupt ANC bribed them to give us a better score.

  • Karabo Phetoane - 2012-12-05 13:38

    This is just mad ratings,how can you say Africa is the most corrupt and say its followed by Eastern Europe?Compare Europe and Africa not Africa with the other part of Europe,if its western Africa compare it to Eastern Europe and so on.

      SDKMPHO - 2012-12-05 13:44

      Ringa sikundwe u vha phanda nga corruption,we are the best on that.

      malcolm.james.macleod - 2012-12-05 15:15

      Should we have a special African Olympics as well and drop out of the normal one? Wouldn't want to compare African atheletes with European ones...

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  • mawandewonderman.mkuba - 2012-12-05 14:16

    Lol you can't fool me. Botswana ranks best because their President is an imperialist lackey, a Western puppet, a stupid leader,

      dienaakte.waarheid.7 - 2012-12-05 14:36

      Even so, they are still less corrupt

      dm.farmerjoe - 2012-12-05 14:50

      only cANCer can fool you, get tested before it becomes terminal

      heini.botes - 2012-12-05 15:23

      Is a Western puppet the same thing as saying your a bush-baby?

      piet.fourie.77 - 2012-12-05 21:15

      U just wont understand my bro !

  • Richard Gouws - 2012-12-05 14:23

    lmklaaaaa, hey Mr Analyser!!!!! Zuma's still got 176 charges thats still hanging lmimm, and a Nkandla one, worth 237 million!!!!!!! hehehehehe, Oh My Word, we going down!!!

  • john.kruger.3133 - 2012-12-05 14:42

    Although it’s true that the current government is to blame for current corruption, there are always two parties involved in corrupt transactions. If business refused to participate in bribery, that would reduce its occurrence. I also add that the attitude of all South African citizens needs to change towards obeying the law. Like in all those top ranked countries, citizens must refuse to bend any rules, which need not only apply to bribery, but also to everyday behaviour like driving at the speed limit and not littering.

  • thabo.mkokeli - 2012-12-05 15:09

    people this calls for a national march,we as citizens not as any other govermental organisation....enough is enough people.commenting about it is'nt helping bt a national march will show them hw sick we are about corruption.

  • NhloniphoNkosi - 2012-12-05 15:44

    Pessimistic bunch you are, if you hate SA this much here's a thought leave. I am tired of your behind the mask nazi ways, always complaining about everything and doing nothing. Your only 'contribution' to this country is paying taxes, if it wasn't illegal to do so I am sure you wouldn't even bother. Make whatever comment you want after this but it won't change your lame attempts of being patriotic. Get a life!!!

      earthian.earthian - 2012-12-05 16:54

      I sprouted fairy wings and flew to the moon once!

      piet.fourie.77 - 2012-12-05 21:20

      Nkosi , looks like u r very well informed on that doing nothing bit . We have a life but people like u make life very difficult not only for us but also for ur real bros .

      polya314 - 2012-12-07 08:48

      Don't worry, I'll get my degree next year and be on my merry way :)

  • Daniel Mah - 2012-12-05 15:47

    oh well cry me a river, life goes on

  • katlego.mahlase - 2012-12-05 16:03

    We are better than Italy, Greece, Argentina, Mexico, Indonesia, Russia and not much worse than Brazil. If you ask me we arent doing as badly as your comments would make one beleive. Also its safe to conclude the level of corruption has little to do with actual economic performance of a country. some of the best performing economies of late are also the most corrupt according to this report. The USA, UK and France should be the lowest on the list since its their corporations and intelligence agencies bribing governments and causing global instability.

      norman.depluhm - 2012-12-05 17:12

      Dude, corruption is corruption! Why does out government hate european nations so much, but then go and buy all their finest products? Why should we then think it's OK for our guv to plunder our coffers and steal our tax money while leaving the poor and needy worse off, just because it happens in first world nations where there arent massive portions of the population destitute? Seriously bru, we are not in the same boat as those nations, we can little afford the corruption going on... Are you benefiting from corruption? If not then how can you defend it?

      norman.depluhm - 2012-12-05 17:13

      Mind you, Mexico and indonesia are more or less like us, but still, corruption is corruption...

  • yolandi.reichert - 2012-12-05 16:31

    We should not just blame government for this. Each person that ever paid even just R10 as a bribe to a traffic officer is equally guilty! People tend to think this is a lesser offence! This is part of the problem

  • dianne.smth - 2012-12-05 16:49 2001 - South Africa Rated #38.. How the mighty have fallen.

  • lionel.schultz.1 - 2012-12-05 17:32

    Does anyone actually think that the ANC government takes any notice of this kind of data? Remember that the ANC places its own interests first and way before the interests of the country. To the ANC this type of data would be viewed as anti-propoganda against the black government and racist.

  • garth.philpot - 2012-12-05 20:02

    Africa, the most corrupt continent on earth... now there is a surprise...

      piet.fourie.77 - 2012-12-05 21:25

      SA nowadays not to far behind Nigeria . Should b on par in the near future .

  • bob.bobsson.9 - 2012-12-05 21:50

    The problem is the masses from very poor and deprived areas who vote for the ANC because the ANC "saved them from Apartheid". The fact is they are still suffering from what apartheid did to them because the ANC finds it very convenient to hinder the development of these areas as it guarantees the corrupt officials to get re-elected regardless of their miserable performance. If anybody in South Africa is going to change something, then that effort is going to be driven disproportionately strongly by the white minorities, which again will create problems and resistance because of the past. The only was if for educated white, coloured, indian and african/black to *systematically* uncover and document in WikiLeaks style and make very sure that this information gets to ALL voters in a way they understand. And most probably the corrupt guys wont go quietly either...

  • brionyl.french - 2012-12-06 05:03

    You see!!! You bloody well see! Corruption is closing doors and opportunities in this country. We need to stop this now before we have no chance of a better life for all

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-12-06 09:23

    To them its a pass....remember in south africa the pass rate is a stunning 30%.

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