Africa is made up of states that fall under 3rd world countries. Africa isn’t just underdeveloped but has been ridden with corruption, with South Africa topping the list of most corrupt countries. The Transparency International survey interviewed Africans and released a report on Tuesday, it said that corruption has gotten worse in the last year.
According to the report, 83 percent of South Africans interviewed felt that corruption had increased, with Ghana and Nigeria also among the worst-affected nations.
Across all 28 countries surveyed, the police, business executives, government officials and the courts were all perceived as corrupt, with 75 million people estimated to have paid a bribe in the past year.
The survey also said that the slow government response to the deadly Ebola outbreak in Liberia and Sierra Leone, may have been caused by corruption.
“In both of these countries there are very high bribery rates and the public sector is perceived to be affected by extensive levels of corruption,” said the survey.
It said 58 percent of all the people surveyed conducted across sub-Saharan Africa believed that graft levels were on the rise.
Only 20 percent of South Africans said they felt the same.
South Africa has been rocked by high-profile corruption scandals in recent years, including lavish public spending on renovations at President Jacob Zuma’s private homestead.
“People are outraged, they see this huge spending as part of government corruption,” David Lewis, director of Corruption Watch, a local anti-graft organisation, told AFP.
On the plus side, Botswana scored well, with 54 percent indicating that their government was doing well in combating graft.
Madagascar ranked bottom, at nine percent, on the government’s commitment to fight corruption.
“Corruption creates and increases poverty and exclusion,” Transparency International head Jose Ugaz said in a statement.
He said whistleblowing was key to fighting graft, but people were scared to come forward as they felt it was “too dangerous (or) ineffective”.