Too much talk and no action: South Africa stagnates on corruption index

There have been no real consequences for the perpetrators of the widespread graft, says Corruption Watch.

2022-01-25 06:30:00 PM

There have been no real consequences for the perpetrators of the widespread graft, says Corruption Watch.

There have been no real consequences for the perpetrators of the widespread graft, says Corruption Watch.

, will be to earnestly start with the prosecutions of the implicated individuals and organisations.While the Zondo commission has revealed the scale of the graft and raised hopes of accountability, Corruption Watch noted that this may also have the converse effect of convincing people that the scale of corruption was irremediable.

R1.8bn Bosasa corruption matter set to go to court in MarchA review of South Africa’s standing on the CPI since 2012 demonstrates stagnation on the global index over the past 10 years.In 2012 South Africa scored 43, ranking 69 out of 176 countries that were assessed that year. Fast forward to 2021, and the country sits at a dismal 44, the same as last year, dropping one place and now ranking at 70 out of the now 180 countries.

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SA slips one position on global corruption indexCountry scores 44, placing it 70th on a list of 180 countries covered by Transparency International’s annual rankings Thought we were already last No surprise there President CyrilRamaphosa needs to step his game up.

Corruption Watch , will be to earnestly start with the prosecutions of the implicated individuals and organisations. While the Zondo commission has revealed the scale of the graft and raised hopes of accountability, Corruption Watch noted that this may also have the converse effect of convincing people that the scale of corruption was irremediable. R1.8bn Bosasa corruption matter set to go to court in March A review of South Africa’s standing on the CPI since 2012 demonstrates stagnation on the global index over the past 10 years. In 2012 South Africa scored 43, ranking 69 out of 176 countries that were assessed that year. Fast forward to 2021, and the country sits at a dismal 44, the same as last year, dropping one place and now ranking at 70 out of the now 180 countries. The country’s highest CPI score over the past decade was 45 in 2016, while the lowest score was 42 in the 2013 index. Not only is there widespread public interest in the recommendations of the state capture commission report, there is also an expectation that prosecutions will begin to reel in the many complicit individuals, from both the private and public sectors. “It is extremely disheartening to find ourselves, year after year, in the same position on the CPI, with marginal shifts up or down. The poor perceptions of how South Africa is faring in its efforts to truly tackle and dismantle the systems that enable corruption are perhaps to be expected when one considers the staggering levels of corruption we have witnessed,” said Karam Singh, head of legal and investigations at Corruption Watch. He said they could only hope that recent developments to bring corruption to the fore in the country will result in swift and effective prosecutions, restoration of public confidence in the political will to end impunity and lack of accountability. Government spokesperson Phumla Williams ignored requests to comment on the latest CPI report. But SA was not the only country that showed stagnation on the corruption index as this year’s analysis also shows that 86% of countries have made little to no progress in the last 10 years, with the CPI global average remaining unchanged at 43 for the tenth year in a row. –