Bribery widespread, Stats SA survey finds

2011-11-24 10:45

Johannesburg - Citizens are being asked for  bribes by government officials for the services they are legally required to perform, Statistics SA said on Thursday.

The Pretoria-based agency released its survey Victims of Crime 2011 on Thursday.

"The bribes are mostly in the form of money, favours or a present."

The survey showed that since 2007, the proportion of people asked to pay bribes had increased significantly in relation to traffic fines.

"Comparisons with the previous survey indicated that bribes related to visiting a prison, pension, or bribes involving social welfare grant and identity document or passport applications have decreased," the agency said.

More than half (52.8%) of those who were victims of corruption were asked to pay a bribe to the traffic official to avoid traffic fines. This was most common in Gauteng (62.2%), the Western Cape (57.6%) and Eastern Cape (55.8%).

The second-highest bribe solicitation was for policing (21.4%), where 33.0% of corruption victims in the Western Cape paid bribes to the police. This was also fairly common in the Free State (28.9%) and Northern Cape (26.1%).

Statistics SA said other sectors where some bribes were solicited included driver's licences (15.9%) and job seekers (13.8%).

  • Dean Kenad - 2011-11-24 10:58

    How SA isnt up there in world ratings as the most corrupt country in the world is beyond imagination. We probably bribe the international ratings body to turn a blind eye.

  • mastersvoice - 2011-11-24 11:16

    When saying "people asked to pay bribes", it sounds like people are being asked to break the law. I would suggest it should read something like "government officials are extorting money, gifts and favours from people". This would imply the government officials are breaking the law through extortion, and not the other way round.

      Nuck Choris - 2011-11-24 11:26

      yes mastersvoice you are correct. This is how it worked until 2005. You arrive at Bisho...with your oustanding invoices that have been hand delivered 3 times previously. When you meet the person responsible for the invoices... they want your pen...calculator...shirt off your back.... donation to their christmas party and then the old favourite Kentucky. It is truly embarrassing and they ask without shame. I was astounded as most gov employees viewed this as normal practice. My staff would not comply....hence oustanding invoices were found stuffed behind doors and late payment, if at all, the norm.....Even I am astounded at the speed with with they have totally corrupted everything.

  • eastcoaststi - 2011-11-24 11:30

    EISH, but life has changed over the last decade. Our kids are growing up in a very different country to ourselves. Attitudes have a profound impact on our society to the point that it becomes the new norm.

      Trevor Turton - 2011-11-24 14:23

      The good news is that from next year there will be no corruption in SA at all. At least, no reported corruption.

  • Bullhunter - 2011-11-24 11:49

    AnarchyNepotismCorruption like a cANCer grows....

  • 100003090802875 - 2011-11-24 13:26

    So you believe STATS SA when it's bad news, but not when it's good news? Bunch of tools...

  • aman - 2011-11-24 13:41

    Could have saved some money by not surveying the obvious.

  • Kirk - 2011-11-24 14:44

    For every willing taker there is a willing giver! Stop giving and there will be less demand for taking!! Think this should be the rule throughout SA when it comes to bribes/corruption! I spent a year driving through West and East Africa and never paid an unofficial cent to anyone eventhough it was requested.. My argument was I'm African, you are African so why should I give you my money for you to do your job. Secondly, if you are in the wrong accept the consequences.. If it starts with the people it will impact the civil servants and hopefully touch the politicians. Each and every South African is responsible to make the change.

  • Wikus - 2012-03-02 10:29


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