7.7% have paid bribes – survey

2011-02-22 08:12

One in 13 South Africans have admitted bribing a police or traffic officer, according to a survey.

“Overall, the good news is that 86.6% said that they had not paid such a bribe, whilst 5.7% gave a ‘don’t know’ response,” said Taylor Nielsen Sofres (TNS) Research Surveys innovation and development director Neil Higgs.

Most of the bribes were paid in Johannesburg central and on the East Rand, followed by Durban, with the fewest bribes paid in Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, according to the survey.

It was conducted in November last year and involved 2 000 participants from seven major metropolitan areas.

The survey found that men were more likely to admit to paying bribes, Higgs said.

An August survey probed levels of public confidence in police.

It found that 63% of respondents felt the police did a good job, but that 30% did not, which was a “relatively high” figure, said Higgs.

It also found that poorer people were slightly more likely to view police positively, and that there were no differences in perception for gender or age.

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