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Most South Africans believe corruption is on the rise

Most people who took part in a survey on corruption on the continent feel govt is failing to address graft.

FILE: It was also found that the majority of Africans say corruption has increased over the past year. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - A new survey has found that more than 83 percent of South Africans feel there has been a rise in corruption.

Seventy-five million people across the continent have participated in the "People and Corruption: Africa survey 2015."

It was also found that the majority of Africans say corruption has increased over the past year.

The report states that most Africans perceive their governments is failing to address graft.

Afrobarometer's Rorisang Lekalake says although the perception among South Africans is high, it's not really the reality.

"Although South Africans are relatively negative in terms of their perceptions of corruption, very few actually reported paying a bribe."

Lekalake says although South Africa has all the right anti-corruption structures in place, implementation is crucial.

"Unless it's actually implemented and people feel that they can be a whistle blower, then that will remain a problem."

The report has recommended that governments must deliver on their anti-corruption commitments and strengthen legislation to curb graft.

It also calls on the African Union to show political will and finance review mechanisms allowing for the protection of whistle-blowers.