South Africa’s Gauteng province is leading the country when it comes to reporting incidences of corruption, this is according to findings by Corruption Watch and David Lewis, the organisation’s executive director.
Corruption Watch is a non-profit organisation working to fight corruption in South Africa.
The Corruption Watch survey saw Gauteng ranking top on reporting corruption followed by KwaZulu-Natal and the Northern Cape, see chart.
Lewis said, the findings were not a reflection that corruption was more rampant in Gauteng, but could mean that large numbers of people in the province were reporting cases of corruption adding that this could also be influenced by size of the economy of this region.
“We have generally found the Gauteng government to be more responsive and willing to cooperate in the fight against corruption which is an additional encouragement for people in the province to report incidences of corruption,” said Lewis.
In its report, Corruption Watch applauded the public on playing its part in the fight against corruption in 2015.
The report said about 10 000 people had reported crimes since the inception of corruption survey in the country in 2012.
It found the corruption hotspots in 2015 to be "schools, which make up 16 per cent of overall reports during the year, followed by traffic and licensing at 12 per cent, immigration at 6 per cent and housing and healthcare at 5 per cent and 3 per cent respectively. As in previous years, abuse of power constituted the bulk of corruption reports at 38 per cent, followed by bribery at 20 per cent and procurement corruption at 14 per cent of the total".
Lewis told CNBC Africa that there was a very strong perception on corruption in the country; he however said not all was doom and gloom.
“The positive thing is that South Africans have not accepted that corruption is a way of life. We think initiatives such as Bua Mzansi are helping alleviate corruption related cases,” he said.
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“In the four years of our existence we have observed that government’s responsiveness to public pressure has been increasing, this doesn’t mean that there haven’t been cases of impunity that have gone unchallenged.”
He also said more was expected in 2016.
“In 2016 the organisation will go on a major drive to increase the volume of reports from the victims and opponents of corruption,” said Lewis.