May 20, 2024

The government of South Africa has reiterated its commitment to fight against corruption in the country.

According to the government, the fight against corruption remains one of the major priorities that is why they have adopted a zero-tolerance approach to corruption in both the public and private sector.

In order to achieve this aim, the SA government is urging every citizen to take it upon themselves as their responsibility and provide relevant information related to squandering, maladministration and misuse of taxes to law enforcement agencies via 0800 701 701.

“Fighting corruption is everyone’s business”

“The #FightAgainstCorruption remains one of the major priorities of the government. As an active citizen, it is your responsibility to provide relevant information related to squandering, maladministration & misuse of your taxes to law enforcement agencies. Report on 0800 701 701″ The South Africa government tweeted.

Corruption in South Africa includes the improper use of public resources for private ends, including bribery and improper favouritism. Corruption was at its highest during the period of state capture under the presidency of Jacob Zuma and has remained widespread, negatively “affecting criminal justice, service provision, economic opportunity, social cohesion and political integrity” of South Africa.

Transparency International’s 2022 Corruption Perceptions Index scored South Africa at 43 on a scale from 0 (“highly corrupt”) to 100 (“very clean”). When ranked by score, South Africa ranked 72nd among the 180 countries in the Index, where the country ranked first is perceived to have the most honest public sector. For comparison, South Africa’s score was also the average score in 2022; the best score was 90 (ranked 1), and the worst score was 12 (ranked 180). When Transparency International began using its current scoring system in 2012, South Africa also received a score of 43; its score has varied between 42 and 45 since then.

In 2021, 9.1% of South Africans believed that corruption was the most important problem facing the country, meaning that corruption ranked second only to unemployment in the priorities of those surveyed. 60.5% believed that the government was doing “very badly” at fighting corruption, and another 15.4% believed that it was doing “fairly badly.