Public outrage has helped keep SA corruption perceptions in check, says expert

Corruption Watch says that public outrage has helped as a deterrent against perceptions of increasing corruption levels in the country.

Public opposition to corruption is being expressed more intensely and across a broader front.

David Lewis, Executive Director of Corruption Watch

This comes after South Africa improved slightly in the Transparency International's annual Corruption Perception Index (CPI) for 2016.

The report ranks countries according to perceived levels of corruption in the public sector.

South Africa now stands at 64th place out of 176 countries, while last year it took 67th place.

Corruption Watch director David Lewis says outrage over the last year over politics, business and civil society has helped improve perceptions of corruption in the country.

However, Lewis says that South Africans have not held the rich and politically powerful to account enough, partly due to the concerning state of the Hawks and the NPA.

He says the movement in the ranking and score may not be statistically significant.

Lewis explains why perceptions of corruption are important and exactly what corruption is.

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