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corruptionwatchBL Premium reports that SA has regressed on an international index tracking perceptions of corruption in the public sector, placing it in the category of flawed democracies and just one level above non-functioning regimes.

Global anticorruption body Transparency International (TI) released its corruption perceptions index (CPI) 2023 report on Tuesday, which found that SA had regressed from a score of 43 in 2022 to 41 in 2023. TI’s local chapter, Corruption Watch, said that since it started tracking its progress on the index 12 years ago, “SA has never scored as low as 41 – until now. This score is a decline from the previous low of 42 in 2013, and two points below its maiden score of 43 in 2012. It is one of 23 countries that reached their lowest-ever scores this year, stumbling into the category of flawed democracies.” The index is a global indicator of public sector corruption. It rates 180 countries and territories on perceptions of public sector corruption, using data from 13 external sources, including the World Bank, the World Economic Forum, private risk and consulting companies, and think-tanks. The index uses a scale of 0 to 100 where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean. However, it measures perceptions of corruption and not corruption reported or experienced by the public. SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) spokesperson Trevor Shaku expressed concern about the latest index. He commented that despite the work done by the state capture commission, “there has been no effective arrest [that has] led to a successful prosecution. It is therefore clear that there is no sense of [urgency] from the government in addressing corruption.”

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Luyolo Mkentane at BusinessLive (subscriber access only)
  • Read too, SA hits new low for corruption, Transparency International index shows, at Moneyweb
  • And also, Corruption Index: SA joins countries where corruption thrives and is entrenched, at The Citizen

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