Cape Town – South Africans believe that corruption has worsened under President Cyril Ramaphosa’s administration, a new survey conducted by Afrobarometer has revealed.
This is in contrast to much more positive perceptions when he first occupied the office of the presidency.
According to eNCA, among those believed to be the most corrupt are officials within the presidency as well as police and local government councillors.
The survey found that 70% of people believed the government was not performing when it came to tackling corruption, the report said.
It seems President Cyril Ramaphosa’s tough anti-corruption talk is not convincing enough for South Africans. An Afrobarometer survey has found that many respondents believe corruption has worsened under Ramaphosa’s administration. #SouthAfricanMorning #DStv403 pic.twitter.com/3T0bpfilnY
— eNCA (@eNCA) September 16, 2021
The Afrobarometer team, an independent pan-Africa research network interviewed 1 600 South Africans in May and June 2021. The sample size was considered adequate with a margin of error of 2.5 percentage points, Business Live reported.
Those surveyed believed the government was largely handling the anti-corruption fight badly. They also believed that channels to report corruption were increasingly seen as unsafe, a report by News24 said.
“State institutions are widely seen as corrupt. Half or more of citizens say ‘most’ or ‘all’ officials are involved in corruption in the police (56%), the president’s office (53%), local government councils (51%), and Parliament (50%). Non-governmental organisations, traditional leaders and religious leaders are less commonly seen as corrupt,” the report quoted Afrobarometer as saying.
Almost 64% of those surveyed said that corruption increased in the past year, while 49% said it had ‘increased a lot,'” the report.
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Compiled by Betha Madhomu