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CPI reveals improved perception of corruption levels in SA

Corruption Watch says SA’s global Corruption Perceptions Index ranking for 2015 has improved slightly.

FILE: Transparency International’s index measures the perceived levels of public sector corruption with countries in the top positions the least corrupt. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Corruption Watch says South Africa's global corruption perceptions index ranking for last year has improved slightly compared to 2014.

The country is ranked 61st out of 168 countries after coming in at 67th place the year before.

Transparency International's index measures the perceived levels of public sector corruption with countries in the top positions the least corrupt.

North Korea and Somalia were found to be the most corrupt countries, while Denmark is rated as the best.

Corruption Watch's Executive Director David Lewis says the fact that South Africa has improved from being 67th in 2014 to 61st shows that perceptions are stabilising.

"The good news is that it hasn't gotten worse and our ranking has slightly improved, because a number of other countries have gotten worse."

But he says the country has a serious corruption problem, which potential investors take very seriously.

"People are worried about corruption. Corruption for an investor means 'are my contracts going to be on it?'"

Transparency International says the fact that Nigeria and South Africa's scores have not improved substantially paints a very worrying picture of the continents' ability to uphold the basic rule of law.