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Survey: 1 in 4 Mozambicans paid a bribe last year

Half of the population believed it was necessary to pay a bribe to avoid a fine or going to court.

Picture: Wikimedia Commons.

PRETORIA - One in four Mozambicans dealing with police, schools or health services last year had to pay a bribe.

The latest Afrobarometer survey on corruption showed there was still a high rate of bribery in Mozambique.

The perception of corruption in Mozambique remained high, according to Afrobarometer. Half of the population believed it was necessary to pay a bribe to avoid a fine or going to court.

Two-thirds were convinced a rich person was easily able to buy their way out of trouble. A third of the respondents believed most or all people in public service were corrupt.

This included the presidency, judges, parliament and local government. It extended to business and non-government organisations.

This perception has not changed since the previous survey four years ago, although faith in the presidency has increased marginally.