SA improves on global corruption ranking index

South Africa is now ranked 67 out of 175 countries, an improvement from 72 in 2013.

The Union Buildings in Pretoria is the seat of the South African government. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation says South Africa has seen a five point improvement in the Global Corruption Perception index between 2013 and 2014.

The department revealed on Sunday that the country is now ranked 67 out of 175 countries, an improvement from 72 in 2013.

Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe released the figures audited and indexed by Transparency International.

He said the figures are part of government's development indicators which measure the impact of implemented policies.

Radebe says while South Africa's corruption ranking and perception scores have improved, the figures are still not at an ideal level.

With a current ranking of 67, government says it wants to improve the country's overall ranking to below 50 by 2019.

Radebe says corruption has played a large role in impeding service delivery.

Former Congress of South African Trade Unions general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has blamed the promotion of capitalist ideals in government for the levels of corruption in state organs.

Next week, Vavi will be joined by representatives from over 100 organisations who will march to the Union Buildings and Parliament to demand a national intervention on corruption.

SA AMONG TOP 8 CORRUPTION HOTSPOTS

In July, forensic investigators and law firm ENS Africa said South Africa was among eight other countries on the continent that have been identified as corruption hotspots in a survey.

Other countries included Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria and Uganda.

ENS Africa surveyed 88 of the biggest companies operating across Africa, many of which are multi-nationals to assess how they prevent, report and act on corruption.

It found that 24 percent of the companies have experienced incidents of bribery, while only 40 percent has dedicated anti-bribery training programmes for employees.

ENS forensics director Steven Powell said, "What we've seen in the survey is that corruption is flourishing in many of those countries. So customs and immigration are hot points for corruption. Those countries have all been named by our clients as countries in which they've experienced corruption situations."