More Than 70% of South Africans Say Corruption Is Increasing

Almost three-quarters of South Africans say corruption has worsened since 2010, according to a survey released today by the nation’s statistics office.

“More than 70% of households believed that corruption had increased,” Pretoria-based Statistics South Africa said. “The results show that the officials who were likely to be involved in the act of corruption were those working with social welfare grants.”

South Africa ranked 67 out of 174 countries in the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index 2014 released yesterday, just worse than Turkey and better than Brazil.

The proportion of people in Africa’s second-biggest economy who think violent crime increased rose to 41.3 percent between 2010 and 2013 compared to 35.2 percent between 2009 and 2011, according to Statistics South Africa.

“More than six in every ten households perceived the most common and most feared crime to be housebreaking or burglary followed by home robbery,” the statistics agency said.

The nation’s murder rate increased for a second consecutive year in 2013 to 32.2 per 100,000 people from 31.1 in the previous year, Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega said in a Sept. 19 report.

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