South Africa corruption on the rise

The 2013 edition of the Corruption Perception Index (CPI), shows that perceived levels of government corruption in South Africa have increased.

South Africa has slipped down three places from 69th to 72nd out of 177 countries in Transparency International’s index.

The Index gives South Africa a score of 42 out of 100, down from 43 in 2012, with zero being highly corrupt.

The country has slipped from a ranking of 38th in 2001, and 43rd in 2007.

  • 2009 – 55th
  • 2010 – 54th
  • 2011 – 64th
  • 2012 – 69th
  • 2013 – 72nd

In the Corruption Perceptions Index 2013, Denmark and New Zealand tied for first place with scores of 91.

Afghanistan, North Korea and Somalia ranked as the worst performers out of 177 countries, scoring just eight points each.

Rank Country 2012 Score
2013 Score
1 Denmark 90 91
1 New Zealand 90 91
3 Finland 90 89
3 Sweden 88 89
5 Norway 85 86
5 Singapore 87 86
7 Switzerland 86 85
8 Netherlands 84 83
9 Australia 85 81
9 Canada 84 81

90% of countries in Sub-Saharan Africa scored below 50 points, with Botswana top (30th), and Somalia bottom of the list.

Cape Verde (41), Seychelles (47), Rwanda (49), Mauritius (52), Lesotho (55), Namibia (57), and Ghana (63) all place above SA in Africa.

Africa's corruption
Africa’s corruption
Rank Country 2012 Score
2013 Score
30 Botswana 65 64
41 Cape Verde 60 58
49 Rwanda 53 53
52 Mauritius 57 52
55 Lesotho 45 49
57 Namibia 48 48
63 Ghana 45 46
72 South Africa 43 42
77 Senegal 36 41
77 Tunisia 41 41

More than two thirds of the 177 countries in the 2013 index score below 50.

“The Corruption Perceptions Index 2013 demonstrates that all countries still face the threat of corruption at all levels of government, from the issuing of local permits to the enforcement of laws and regulations,” said Huguette Labelle, chair of Transparency International.

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