83% believe SAPS is corrupt - survey

2013-07-10 22:11

Johannesburg - South Africans view the police service as a corrupt institution in the public sector, a report by Transparency International revealed on Wednesday.

In the Global Corruption Barometer 2013, released this week, South Africa was among 36 countries in which the police was seen as the most corrupt institution.

About 83% of South Africans believed that police were corrupt. Thirty-six percent admitted to having paid bribes to police.

An average of 53% of people sampled during the surveyed globally said they had paid a bribe to police.

The survey was conducted among 114 000 people in 107 countries. It showed corruption was widespread.

In SA, 1 000 people from urban areas were interviewed.

Corruption Watch executive director David Lewis said the findings confirmed that the increase in corruption was "not a mere perception".

"We solicit public experiences of corruption and we are getting a significant number of reports of bribery and other acts of corruption, especially from poor communities," Lewis said.

He said Corruption Watch had received over 4 200 complaints on corruption and related matters since its launch in January 2012.

He said half of these focused on the abuse of public power and resources, by both the private and public sectors.


Around the world, the survey showed that 27% of the respondents had paid a bribe when accessing public services in the last 12 months, revealing no improvement from previous surveys.

Nearly nine out of 10 people surveyed said they would act against corruption, and two-thirds of those who were asked to pay a bribe had refused.

Of the 107 countries, 20 countries viewed the judiciary as the most corrupt. In these countries an average of 30% of the people who had come in contact with the judicial system had been asked to pay a bribe.

About 54% of the people surveyed globally considered their government to be ineffective in fighting corruption.

This lack of confidence in government efforts had grown compared to people's views in the 2010/2011 survey, where 47% of people felt their government was ineffective in fighting corruption.

However, two in three people (67%) around the globe believed ordinary people could make a difference in the fight against corruption.

Almost two-thirds (64%) of the people around the world thought that personal contacts were important to get things done in the public sector.

This went up to 80% in Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Malawi, Morocco, and Russia.

  • Poloyatonki Kgosi - 2013-07-10 22:18

    Does that mean that 83% uses private investigators...

      Marina Millicent Poniatowska - 2013-07-11 03:02


      Thandi Cele - 2013-07-11 07:49

      Polo - not sure what your comment means, but because the SAPS are so ineffective, they use private security the protect their own police stations. Pathetic.

      Melan Beko - 2013-07-11 07:58

      Good point Martin. If the police became more effective these security firms might go out of business.

  • Muke Matshaba - 2013-07-10 22:20

    Our officers are underpaid hence they turn to bribery as a means of doubling their little salaries.

      SharonE - 2013-07-10 22:32

      maybe they become police officers so that they can take the bribes and carry a legal firearm???? A criminal is a criminal, regardless of what he is wearing. He is not above the law - in fact, his behaviour must be exemplary. Don't excuse bad actions, maybe one day you will need an honest cop, and be shocked that there are none left.

      AlbertBrenner - 2013-07-10 23:00

      Meaning that if I do not have a girlfriend to be intimate with, I can just go out and rape a woman to my liking...and then blame it on the girlfriend I never had!?

      Doves Cry - 2013-07-10 23:29

      The officers are now paid much more than the previous white officers yet it takes 2 or 3 of them to *try* and do the same job!! I use the word trying loosely because the responsiblity is about NIL. They break the law all day, every day. They murder, they rape, they are open to bribery!

      Karl Kat - 2013-07-11 05:35

      Bull sh@t...corruption is a choice and not a necessity. Corruption starts at the top and the sheeple follow. Since 1994 we have slowly but surely seen how corruption started to increase not just in the police force but in many other state organizations, just to name home affairs as a example. It is a sick culture and is wide spread amongst the majority of South Africans. Is this what they regard as econimic freedom. to be corrupt and fraudelent. I now understand Malemas new political movenent EFF. Like I said corruption starts at the to top and Malema is up for corruption charges

      Melan Beko - 2013-07-11 08:04

      Underpaid? Is that why they sit at roadblocks all day? Your comment suggests that they want to do their jobs but they are not paid enough. That might be true but sitting at a roadblock all day is hardly productive policing. Criminals are running around with AK-47s and they are more concerned if your license disc is expired. It's simple. Police know that most common criminals dont have alot of money for bribes and thats why they have to brake into a house and steal. On the other hand, people who drive their own cars probably have steady jobs and therefore money and so it's more lucrative to stop cars than run after criminals.

  • Ganon Difference Nhubunga - 2013-07-10 22:20

    Count me counted, I'll 83 point something %!!!

  • Sello Papo - 2013-07-10 22:26

    ah how cn they nt b corupt imagine one police handling 3200 cases alone nd at the end of month u went to bank only to find peanuts.

      Shades - 2013-07-11 00:40

      Please, get real dude!

      Jtzll Fy Niaina - 2013-07-11 02:38

      Hahahaha may be if the police did their job from the beginning, they wouldn't have to deal with so many criminals at the same time and have little money at the end of the month! Ever thought of that?! You rip why you sow

  • Cyprian-Wisdom Mngenela - 2013-07-10 22:29

    83% Is lower, rather say 98% plus number 1 and his Cabinet...

      Innocentia KhaboJesus Malema - 2013-07-11 08:59

      i agree, too sad; the fact that they even get to an extent of bragging about it.

  • Werner Janse Van Rensburg - 2013-07-10 22:32

    Its cause they illiterate!! Such a pity

  • Ramosoeu Matli - 2013-07-10 22:35

    Selebi, cele, mthethwa and the (beautiful) phiyega... what do you expect?

      Alex Inyanga Dowding - 2013-07-11 01:59

      Hey wena why you gotta insult my girlfriend like that baba Ramosoeu?

  • Thapelo Mashimbye - 2013-07-10 22:39

    If dy can pay dem well we wont have corruption

      Zandie MaZet Hlengwa - 2013-07-10 23:05

      Ooh rilly..!!

      Innocentia KhaboJesus Malema - 2013-07-11 09:06

      That's not an excuse to succumb to the uncles(ZOOMa) habit; we've had mothers working at "the kitchens" but they made sure that they fed, clothe n sheltered us and event took us to Varsity with the lil they earned. Though u still have the gut to say "If they can pay 'em"; you gotta be kidding me, most of them don't even bother to 'try' and do what they've been hired for...that is even they know why they're there in the 1st place.

  • Nick Fort - 2013-07-10 22:40

    Nobody asked my opinion in this survey and I wonder how many others were not involved but I am sure if we were given an opportunity we would all say . The whole SAP is corrupt

  • Richard Laros - 2013-07-10 22:43

    And 83% of our population is 100% correct

  • Andries Bothma - 2013-07-10 22:48

    the whole of sap is corrupt.. look at their sallaries! pathetic on government side. no wonder!

  • Nick Fort - 2013-07-10 22:57

    What an example . Our president is a corruptionist , extortionist and a bigamist . Run Forrest run

  • AlbertBrenner - 2013-07-10 22:58

    Africa is, as Africa does.

      Themba Thulani - 2013-07-10 23:50

      yes police are corrupt and they abuse us they do what ever dy want but one day is one day

      Sean Bagley - 2013-07-11 01:34

      Someone once asked: What were elements of economic success in any nation?And the answer was that several variables which included education,industry,arable land,population distributions all formed part of that. However no specific variable displayed a direct correlation and no causation could be proven.They only key variable was CORRUPTION and everyone is susceptible to it and that's why its so insidious.

  • EJ Moropane - 2013-07-10 23:08

    Whr there is a corrupt officer there is a corruptee, if communities dont want corrupt officers they must stop offering them money when they are on the wrong side of the law, they must face the music and get arrested. When you are wrong you volunteer to give them money then you turn and say they corrupt.

      Matthys Swart - 2013-07-11 01:14

      Maropane, this is exactly the way people like you , than were brought up with no way to reason a case to determine what is correct or incorrect, react the way you do. If you were brought up to determine, with a broad spectrum reference in life, you would never allow anybody to bribe you. If your parents did tell you what can happen if you reason the negative in life to make that wrong doings positive, then you cause them to be ashame. Your reference/ reason view ability in life is microscopic small, and that is why our country is in such a mess. The people in gouvernmernt/parliament is the same, and they instigate the masses to go the wrong way.

      winstonsmith - 2013-07-11 08:15

      Unfortunately many people on the right side of the law also bribe the police. I know someone that was pulled off, to be arrested because he was a "drunk" driver. He demanded to have a blood test, they refused and wanted to put him in a van. Of course he didn't drink that night, but when they saw his UK drivers license and that he had no cash in his wallet, they let him go.

  • Nkandla - 2013-07-10 23:09


  • AlbertBrenner - 2013-07-10 23:10

    Darn, at least they are the worst police force money can buy.

      SharonE - 2013-07-10 23:19

      Hahahaha, very punny!

  • Mali Nduli - 2013-07-10 23:10

    ths starts 4rm da top, if da father of da house is corrupt,so da chldren

      AlbertBrenner - 2013-07-10 23:14


  • Anathi Matika - 2013-07-10 23:13

    The SAPS or The METRO POLICE???

      EJ Moropane - 2013-07-10 23:28

      Reading is a skill makita.

      Dennis Bhayi - 2013-07-11 01:12

      Understanding is a skill too Moropane. DUH!! It's a rhetorical question.

      Anathi Matika - 2013-07-11 06:32

      And reading is really a skill Moropane.. I'm not Makita.

      Denise Papas - 2013-07-11 08:01


      Innocentia KhaboJesus Malema - 2013-07-11 09:49

      both and more...

  • Solly Mokoena - 2013-07-10 23:18

    I see some stupid comments here, this might mean that also 83% of citizens r corrupt! We blaming them but we r the ones asking them to take our bribes @ times.

      EJ Moropane - 2013-07-10 23:30

      Exactly my point solly. Thank you

      AlbertBrenner - 2013-07-10 23:34

      ...meaning that if you do not flush, the toilette is to blame?

  • Leanne Shanks - 2013-07-10 23:26

    Only 83%?! Lol!

  • Coenraad Vaneeden - 2013-07-10 23:39

    Yesterday N12 free way right hand lane metro police travel at 60km/h no lights on slow up every one behind them above the law can do anything they like. Just a tip if you see anythink like that please don't do or say anything you will get jail time just because they can

  • Nick Fort - 2013-07-10 23:44

    83% of 13 million people know they are corrupt sounds right

  • Jeandre' Welgemoed - 2013-07-11 00:13

    Sad to be part of this, even thou I am a dedicated passionate police officer, I've never taken a cent or anything from anyone, metro police / rti and saps is 3 different organizations just btw

      Nonhlanhla Mnikathi - 2013-07-11 00:28

      yes 3 different things bt they all takes bribes police n metro thats y they say theres no different

      Jeandre' Welgemoed - 2013-07-11 00:36

      and your point is??

      Johannes Malesela Mokau - 2013-07-11 04:47

      your passion can be a good example on your colleagues.just be a good and clean officer someone might learn from you to be responsible officer and someone who can take the legacy of major-general Maswanganyi to corrupt officials.

  • Minah Mathebula - 2013-07-11 00:21

    Police are charged day in n day out for corruption but they dont stop it they are addicted to it beit metro police or saps theres nodifference they are the same

  • Cj Otto - 2013-07-11 00:50

    People shouldn't be afraid of there government, government should be afraid of there people

  • Sean Bagley - 2013-07-11 00:57

    South Africa has become a termite mount as far as corruption goes,eventually in time the termites win and takes over.It's now become so much a part of nature for some people to be corrupt and every Empire that's every lived on Earth has destroyed itself because of corruption. Institutionalized corruption has even stretched its tentacles through trade agreements between countries.Instead of bribing low level officials to grease the skids,one buys a legislator here and there and rewrites the laws to suit their own needs. If anyone wants power & wealth,then money has to change hands.Kleptocrats and corporate feudalism for people that pay them.

  • Herman Bester - 2013-07-11 01:12

    And 83% of us are probably right...scary

  • Moss Kop - 2013-07-11 01:32

    Yes we know. We see it daily. As long as u pay u get away with it. What about the gupta plane? Is not corruption? Let's get good role models. Let's our kids not see this thing that corrupt barstard room the street, and living high life.

  • Jurgen Rombouts - 2013-07-11 01:46

    Think there is a printing mistake, Article should be like this: "100% know SAPS is corrupt" The remaining % that said the SAPS is not corrupt, are most likely the corrupt officers in the police force !

  • DC Cocain - 2013-07-11 02:33

    Hey corruption is now global wil never go away.

  • Luzuko Blazzanha Dinga - 2013-07-11 04:14

    Corruption is everywhere!

  • Saleleni Maswanganye - 2013-07-11 04:54

    100% of SA citizens know that traffic department is super corrupt.

  • Jan Brand - 2013-07-11 05:08

    Example been shown by showerhead and his regime. Most is born to be a crook, it is in their genes , you can do nothing about it. Shaka were also a good example, invite people in and kill them.

  • Dalas Mantjolo - 2013-07-11 05:15

    It must b 99.9%, the only 0.1% are those in the force themselves!

  • Muchasura Chando - 2013-07-11 05:23

    Jan, dont go into history coz yours is the worst corrupt. Yes Zuma's gvt is a mockery but live Tshaka out of this

  • Kalahari Kgalagadi Safaris - 2013-07-11 05:25

    anc cadre deployment of corrupt selebi and cwele and now clueless Ria Piyega. Mbeki Arms deal and now the King of Nkandla ZUMA . ANC = corruption

  • Gwebeda Wezo - 2013-07-11 05:39

    the whole system is corrupted! why expecting some of the branches to be clean! Mr is corrupted, cabinet and government as well

  • Thandi Cele - 2013-07-11 05:44

    Anarchy Nepotism Corruption - business as usual on the gravy train.

  • Thandi Cele - 2013-07-11 05:48

    SAPS are just like kids playing the game "follow my leader " - showerhead leads by example.

  • Funwithgoats - 2013-07-11 05:53

    SABC, SAP, ESKOM, ANC, the list goes on

      Mohoi Eugene - 2013-07-11 06:45

      What kind of fun are having with bokke?

      Natalie Mannel - 2013-07-11 06:56

      Next zimbabwe. We're already there

  • Eliya Thulani Tembe - 2013-07-11 06:02


  • Rashida Patel - 2013-07-11 06:20

    Sadly ..oh so true. Just don't inspire safety and hope. Actually fear our saps as we do criminals

  • Sekgobela Thaithai - 2013-07-11 06:23

    SAPS Corrupt corrupt like ZANC

      Mohoi Eugene - 2013-07-11 06:50

      What is ZANC?

  • Mpho L Mashegoane - 2013-07-11 06:25

    Whats new?you better have atleast 1 cop on you crunk.

  • Vivian Harris - 2013-07-11 06:35

    Really....and you wasted time on a survey to tell you this?!

  • Samuel Matlou - 2013-07-11 06:45

    83 is too little i think 99.99 percent and the metro police they evn demand the money

  • Jamblik Bartlowitz - 2013-07-11 06:49

    It is part of nelson mandela's corrupt legacy.

      Thabo Manaka - 2013-07-11 07:00

      Police corruption started long before Mandela was released.Moron

      Innocentia KhaboJesus Malema - 2013-07-11 10:00

      This started long ago...way before Mandela; what's worse is that some of them raped and killed our sisters & mothers n they got away with it.

  • Pfarelo Mahosi - 2013-07-11 06:50

    The problem police don't gt paid if u can compare CIT guys they are getting paid lot of money a police get salary of R7.500 weres this guys getting R19.000 per month n working 6 to 5 wen a police working 6 to 6

      Thabo Manaka - 2013-07-11 07:08

      Pfarelo , salary does nothing to do with justifying corruption.The applied for the job with the knowledge of that salary scale.I would support you if only there was salary cut.

      Nolan Brunsdon - 2013-07-11 07:48

      @pfarelo Police shifts are 8 hours.

  • Jamblik Bartlowitz - 2013-07-11 06:50

    Nicely said.

  • Danny Letsholo - 2013-07-11 06:58