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Corruption Watch received more reports of graft in 2017 than ever before

On International Anti-Corruption Day, Corruption Watch says they've received over 5,000 reports about graft across the public and private sector this year.

FILE: Hundreds march against corruption. Picture:EWN.

CAPE TOWN – Corruption Watch says it has received more reports about graft this year than in any other.

Saturday is International Anti-corruption Day, a United Nations-designated event observed annually since its convention against corruption in 2003.

The organisation’s Zola Valashiya says they've received over 5,000 reports about graft across the public and private sector this year.

“Private corruption is finally getting its due in the spotlight as well, and people and institutions are beginning to become the wiser about it. The whistle-blowing culture has been strengthened and is being supported. However, there is still quite a bit that the legal sphere and prosecuting agencies need to do to catch up and respond appropriately to the culture.”

The civic group SA First Forum co-founder Crispin Sonn says the rise of groups in the past two years has encouraged the public to speak out against corruption.

“This has been evident in people’s participation in public activities like marches, as well their sentiment on social media and private forums, that people are more empowered and emboldened.”

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