According to a survey conducted by the Global Corruption Barometer (GCB) Africa, the South African Police Service (SAPS) is considered to be the most corrupt institution in the country.
The GCB surveyed 47,000 people in 35 African countries during August and September 2018 and discovered that more than half of them believe corruption is on the rise in their country.
Corruption Watch executive director, David Lewis said that it is not uncommon for police to be corrupt as they have extraordinary power which they abuse, however it is essential that it be addressed.
The report also revealed that the poor will pay a bribe twice as often as someone who is rich and it is more common for young people to pay than those over 55-years of age.
The problem is that corruption holds back economic, political and social development, said the Managing Director of Transparency International, Patricia Moreira.
The citizens suffer the most in instances where foreign bribery and money laundering occur as the resources are diverted from public services, and it’s going to take government a long time to regain the trust of it’s citizens, said Moreira.
The report highlighted that South Africans view local government officials as highly corrupt, followed by government officials and members of Parliament.