Corruption is a way of life in SA - survey

2012-01-10 22:34

Johannesburg - The majority of urban South Africans feel corruption has become a way of life, according to a survey released on Tuesday.

"Eighty-three percent of metro adults feel that corruption has become a way of life in South Africa," said research company TNS South Africa in a statement.

Eighty-five percent feel there is corruption in senior levels of government, the survey found.

"Only 11% and 8% respectively disagreed with these perceptions," TNS said.

Six percent said they did not know if corruption had become a way of life, and 8% said they did not know if there was corruption in senior levels of government.

"What is notable and deeply concerning is that these figures are largely unchanged since 2005," TNS said.

It found similar results in 2005 and 2008.

The latest survey found little difference between demographic groups.

"What is also of concern is that these perceptions are held equally by young people as well as older people, suggesting that they are becoming completely entrenched - this is 'business as normal'."

Pretoria residents had the highest responses, followed by Durban.

About 2000 adults in South Africa’s seven major metropolitan areas were surveyed in late October/early November 2011.

TNS compared the results of this survey to one they undertook in September in which they asked what South Africa’s most pressing issues were.

This survey found corruption was in the top tier of the most pressing issues across all race groups and demographic groups.

"The fact that crime is also in this top tier suggests that South Africa is perceived by metro adults to be a relatively lawless place," TNS said.

"Poverty and unemployment [are] also in the top tier whilst social and well-being issues such as HIV and Aids, housing and service delivery are in a second tier."

It was concerning that there had been no major shift in the perception of corruption over six years, TNS said.

"It suggests that, where there has been success in rooting out corruption in either the public or private sectors [it takes two to tango], perhaps these success stories should be more widely publicised.

"It also suggests that efforts to attack this scourge need to be re-doubled and that, where officials are suspended on corruption allegations, these investigations need to be speeded up so that people can see the consequences of engaging in corruption."

  • GWS - 2012-01-10 22:51

    ANCorruption she ees the way of life. Yebo yes.

      Sean - 2012-01-11 00:41

      It gone so far that many South Africans accept a abnormality (crime) as a normality !

      Robert - 2012-01-11 01:09

      R 30 bn unaccounted for in spending by government - Surely there is a rat in the bush. That's what they know of in supply chain not to count in bribes, employing buds and fam that can't do the job, inflated tenders, non delivery on patents. Just look at the infrastructure and the constant decay, illegal mining rights, environmental damage, crime and the lack of controlling it. Corruption is now woven into the social fabric of the ANC and all its carders. The worst of corruption delivers is the destruction of South african moraal which leads to all sorts of things - desperation breads ugly things and it snowballs

      Burtfred - 2012-01-11 06:36

      I hope David Cameron gets to read this article. He thinks that the ANC are "a beacon to the world", in fact he told them so the other day.

      Ronald - 2012-01-11 06:48

      Robert, a parliamentary memo in 2010 estimated the amount at R800 Billion since 1994.

      margeaux.batt - 2012-01-11 08:41

      Wow. R800 billion rand... Can you imagine what that amount of money would do to the security of our country (better equipped and paid Police/Army/Navy/Air Force), what that amount of money would do to the medical industry (better equipped hospitals and paid doctors/nurses) and what that amount of money would do to our education system (better paid and educated teachers)? And we wonder why they've had to lower their standards in all these industries (corrupt cops, striking doctors/nurses/teachers, lowered school standards which still doesn't improve the pass rate by much)... In my opinion all these industries should be A-political and striking should be illegal for the people tasked with the safety, medical well being and education of our country... But that's a discussion for a different time.

      Dirk - 2012-01-11 08:50

      Corruption, certainly, yes. But also murder, nepotism, rape, plunder, kidnapping and every crime ever conceived

      Fredster - 2012-01-11 09:29

      ...and we learn this from...?

      Willie - 2012-01-11 09:50

      It was interesting to watch Zuma over the weekend he never mentioned any corruption on his speech

  • Mboneni - 2012-01-10 22:51

    If senior politicians like our president could have corrupt relationship with a fraudster and got away wth it,what is the ditterent

  • Joe - 2012-01-10 23:44

    This is really quite a newsflash...NOT!

  • Willem - 2012-01-10 23:45

    Stop illegal tax for minority, quickrich corrupters! The state may tax for legal use, but never for its reported massive corruption. In contrast, the state must prevent corruption, recover and still tax any, and best dismiss corrupters. If not, it is illegal and discriminating. And laws used for corruption are likewise illegal. Numerous published reports for decades prove illegal tax abuse of amassed trillions for corruption. While the state never has any legal power to tax for illegal use or to corrupt; and nothing can ever justify any corruption. Political powers have absolute control over all corruption activities, information and records. Thus, no excuse for corruption exists, or not to recover any promptly and still tax this illegal income, and best dismiss corrupters. Neglecting these foremost legal duties is illegal, and discriminates against poor masses and enslaved taxpayers. Moreover, no civilized law can ever be legal for fraudulent, criminal or illegal purposes, like corruption. Hence, tax and all laws used for corruption are illegal, and it can never be legally approved. This illegal tax burden deliberately feeds protected corrupters. Whereas, honesty by all shall slash tax for all. Sadly, the rotten services of corrupters force distresssed masses to protests, which is crushed with inhuman oppression. How can power-abusers represent free and honest elections by the people?

  • Michele - 2012-01-11 00:14

    The 'principle of leadership example' is seriously lacking.

      Wouter - 2012-01-11 06:13

      Not so! The leaders are setting examples and people are following - how to steal, how to be corrupt, how to waste money, how to .........

  • Geronimo - 2012-01-11 00:31

    Duh, of course. The tiny minority who responded in the negative must be government officials and civil servants.

  • Roy - 2012-01-11 05:36

    Are we as South Africans only realising this now? What surprises me is that these crooks get away with it and when caught out use the law to "prove until guilty" From the time that the ANC took over it has just got worse

      Roy - 2012-01-11 05:41

      This is AFRICA where the lot who run the country are being over run by its citizens who are tired of these crooks and slowly but surely will happen in South Africa.

      Peter - 2012-01-11 06:21

      WOW did u just wake up, amazing

  • Simamkele Nolonwabo Twala - 2012-01-11 05:51

    am shocked to the fact its nw tht u realise that it is a way of life, people making money illegaly out of us! We have to bribe officers to get drivers licence and that is compulsory whether you can drive or not! Its sad you know! People who are under qualified get jobs through having networks leaving those who are qualified roaming the streets looking for jobs! I am so so dissapointd in the sa law

      Peter - 2012-01-11 06:19

      does the mean that the penny has finally dropped and you realise there is corruption in this country, and it starts at the top

  • Thandi - 2012-01-11 07:29

    It goes a lot deeper than just corruption. South Africans in general have become a lawless society, with most South Africans openly embracing the lawlessness. Our roads are a prime example - does anyone stop at stop streets, cars run red lights with impunity, speed limits are ignored - the list could go on and on. South Africans seem to have lost the moral fibre that prevails in civilised communities, and lack the strength of character to not just 'go-with-the-flow'. On the corruption side - like children, people are led by example, and what example are we being set by showerhead and his bunch of cronies in the ANCorruption.

      Lloyd - 2012-01-11 09:11

      no consequence, no balance...

  • Nardus - 2012-01-11 07:30 THE GOVERNMENT SPENDING LIST ! ! !

  • Craig - 2012-01-11 07:39

    Yet the hardcore South African patriots wonder why so many people are leaving the country

  • zelda.potgieter - 2012-01-11 07:43

    As citizens we have to demand a transparent governemnt. As active citizens we have to hold our government accountable. Mobilitate is the only platform in SA to do this.

  • Zimbobwe - 2012-01-11 07:53

    The matter of fact is the people who came here by boat were not honest enough to do honest business with the people. They cheated them by selling them mirrors in exchange of their cattles. They were corrupt and are still corrupt to this day. So why are you people surprised??? It's a way of living in Mzansi so adapt or die!!!

      Garth - 2012-01-11 09:12


      GoodFella - 2012-01-11 09:51

      Those "people" who came by boat brought civilisation and education. You should try researching these terms sometime. Congratulations on finally conquering your difficulty in using that "foreign" machine to post your comments! Safe travelling on your way back home to Zim!

      Jonathan - 2012-01-11 10:04

      Get your head out of your ass.

      Eduard - 2012-01-11 17:23

      at least they taught your forefathers to read and write...

  • Regan - 2012-01-11 08:06

    the anc government should be held responsible and accountable for every cent its corrupt officials caused the country and these crooks must be sent to jail.we cannot afford have thieving criminals working for us.they are setting a bad example for our kids that is why we need more jails.these guys do not respect the constitution or the laws of the land they must go

  • Zimbobwe - 2012-01-11 08:09

    FYI I'm not the ANC or Malelma @ss licker, I hate those two idiots with a passion and voted DA in the municipal election but I speak the truth and facts not out of sentiment. I voted the DA and will do so in the future to see how less can they steal. If you think the DA is not going to steal any cent from the tax payers you must be living in cuckooland and need your brain cells to be checked. This is just a way of living in Mzansi and has been going on for hundreds of years!!!

      Garth - 2012-01-11 09:27

      All politicians lie, all the time, across the board, no matter the country or race, it is a fact. But corruption is another matter entirely. When a political party seeks to systematically plunder a country's resources because they believe it is their `struggle-given' right, then that country has a cancer that needs to be removed. No one is doubting that there is corruption in every single political organisation in the world and in every government, but when it reaches epidemic proportions, then the country starts to buckle inwards. I do not believe, that the politicians of the DA believe, that the resources of this country are their right to plunder. And to those idiots justifying the corruption because the `white' nats were just as corrupt: wake up and smell the shiite - it is your tax money that they are stealing.

  • Charmaine - 2012-01-11 08:09

    This is true, we have more people as leaders in our country, who are corrupt, this will only change if and when The Believers, who really believe in God and God's Laws, stand together in Unity and pray for these criminals to get out of leadership, Nay, get out of out country and stay out, We have a Gift of Speech, we must use it. We must also remember that we are not perfect Human Beings, but enough is enough. Now is not the time to dispute and mock the people who want to ensure a better life for all and pave the way for future generations. So, where are The Believers in God's Justice? All of us have a Duty To The Almighty Creator. South Africans must Unite, The rich will not help us, Greed is the motivation for Evil conducts. This is Sure Reality. Nothing has changed. God has Said via his Servants: " I will not change the condition of any people, unless the people change themselves" and I have destroyed better Gangs than these in the past, and I can destroy these as well and bring in a New Creation" ( I can not dispute with God's Words.) Let us all do our bit and not be afraid of The Government and the criminals.

  • Phumezo - 2012-01-11 08:13

    Who takes the TSN surverys seriously anymore? We know whose interests they are serving and they can feed their foreign agencies who pay them what ever information they like we couldnt be bothered!

      Johan - 2012-01-11 10:01

      It is TNS - not TSN. You are not bothered? So, when did you have your lobotomy?

  • markus.botha - 2012-01-11 08:20

    Criminals need to be put in jail not in government. Question is: "How do we get them in jail".

  • Ryan - 2012-01-11 08:22

    Nothing surprising here - the country is run by the ANCrime Syndicate and its crime boss gangster JZ.

  • Garth - 2012-01-11 08:27

    There is only one cure for this plague of corruption: integrity. When the common citizen refuses to pay the bribe and when the common citizen obeys the law to the letter, then there shall be no place for the corrupt official. Democracy starts from the ground up as the definition states: `governance for the people, of the people, by the people'. Nowhere in that definition does it make reference to us handing the governance of our country to thieving politicians. So, we the people, are at fault. We can blame the downward spiral on an inept government all we like, but we put them there. So it is up to us, the people of SA to remove the corruption from the governance of our country and take back what is rightfully ours. I personally do not remember agreeing to a government with a mandate for self-enrichment at the taxpayers' expense. That is not what your `struggle' was all about, surely? I have never and will never vote for the useless anc, but I am a tax paying citizen of this country and have a voice with which I state clearly: WAKE THE FVCK UP BLACK SOUTH AFRICA AND RID US OF THIS CORRUPTION.

      Jonathan - 2012-01-11 10:08

      Garth. Integrity? You are going much to fast for these ANC morons. There are many other basic principals that they nust master before we can get to integrity. Integrity is a concept that they don't understand.

  • brianmacza - 2012-01-11 08:27

    With due respect... the NAT government was pretty much a family run business. They were simply smarter and more experienced at hiding their actions. Corruption and nepotism in government is nothing new - the ANC are simply crap at hiding what they do from public scrutiny.

      Sandra - 2012-01-11 09:25

      Do we always have to compare ourselves with the NAT government. That is why we despised them. So do we live our lives by "being corrupt because everybody else was corrupt". This is not the way forward. We hoped that when the NATS had gone we would have a wonderful, honest democracy. That is what we must strive for. Not copy corrupt government policies

      brianmacza - 2012-01-11 09:49

      I believe that the people of Suth Africa had hoped that the Madiba ethic as shown during his presidency would be sustained in his absence. During the first period as a 'true democracy' very little nepotism or visible corruption was exposed. Unfortunately, the ANC 'family business' seems to have learned from their predecessors - no comparison required as the student has surpassed the teacher.

      Jonathan - 2012-01-11 10:16

      You are overcome by ANC propoganda. You don't have an idea of what you are talking about. Read the other day in an articel that millions of blacks were killed by the pre-1994 government, Millions?? They are believing their own lies. Fact is that more whites/farm murders have been killed by blacks in the past 17 years of "democracy" than in 40 years of apartheid. Go read the results of Bishop Tutu's TRC and wake up!!!!

  • Enlightened - 2012-01-11 08:36

    It is a fact, it is chronic, it is endemic and it is embarrassing. The whole world is aware of it. we could include deliberate market monopolies, price collusion/fixing among the larger organisations, it is all white collar criminal business activity that we all accept as normal. This place has become a bag of vermin.

  • Jaco - 2012-01-11 08:50

    If the government wanted to sort out corruption they would have done so

  • Bobo - 2012-01-11 09:06

    A 2004-agreement between South Africa and Cuba resulted in the deployment of 101 Cuban doctors to Mali, with financial backing from South Africa. In 2008 South Africa forgave Cuba's debt of 926.8-million-rand ($117 million, 73 million euro). - Sapa-AFP How on earth do you recover money like that ? Easy : Milk the honest hard working SA Citizen ! Corruption streches far beyond our borders.

  • Lloyd - 2012-01-11 09:10

    no consequence. no balance.

  • Deon - 2012-01-11 09:11

    This has been going on for as long as anyone can remember. The only differance is that the old goverment left some for the people on the ground to go forward. The new regime is to greedy and don't know how to steal, so they just take everything and leave nothing for the people. the only way forward, is get your hand in their and grab what you can!!!! I am going to, tired of fighting against the system. If you cannot fight them, join them!!!! Got a couple off great ideas!!!!

  • Lloyd - 2012-01-11 09:14

    it's no use having laws but it is not enforced. it's a paper exercise...

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-01-11 09:34

    "8% said they did not know if there was corruption in senior levels of government." I for 1 would just love to know who these people are, I really never knew that this level of stupidity could be attained, seemingly by adults. They must be ANC politicians.

  • nikkiduku - 2012-01-11 09:51

    Eu nao entendo

  • Jonathan - 2012-01-11 09:59

    It is a disease called ANC.

  • Patrick - 2012-01-11 10:25

    south africa is a disaster under anc. when is da leading the country. i hope before i die.

  • Peter - 2012-01-11 10:33

    Sad but true!!How does saying go ! In Rome act like a Romain!!!

  • Raul - 2012-01-11 10:35

    The crab is one sea living creature, that walk back-wards, because its five pairs of legs get very confused. The only one with two legs that walk back-wards is the african people because of the corruption and thievery that takes place within their governments.

  • Gail - 2012-01-11 11:28

    Yeah right - which government official, law, plan, party is going to change the corruption that is rife. No, we need to go back to basic right and wrong. For me there is no if, maybe, almost. There is right and wrong. Pity the future generation that has no moral compass.

  • stefanie.dutoit.Ash - 2012-01-11 13:52

    80% of RSA citizens believe the government to be corrupt, yet 67% keep voting them back into power. A way of life indeed.

      Johan - 2012-01-11 15:57

      Fascinating. Democracy along the lines of "make your tick where I tell you to". The Western culture and the African cultures do not sit easy next to each other. One is based on an individual making a logical decision whilst the other seems to be based on the group making an emotional decision.

  • Jonathan - 2012-01-11 15:11

    As sad as what it might be, the ANC will propably rule until "Jesus comes". The reason being that the majority voters in this country votes along ideological lines and not using their minds. Only problem is that eventually when a partry like the DA takes over there will be nothing to "rule" over. The ANC and its cronies will have destoyed everything. Look at the rest of Africa. They don't stop until there is nothing left and the colonialists must help again- blaming it on them. It is a fact that the ANC received less votes with every general election but unfortunately it will be too little too late.

  • mmatau - 2012-01-11 16:38

    i think everyone kinda knew that corruption was a was of life...

  • Eduard - 2012-01-11 17:21

    very sad that SA is seeing it that way. What will be next?

  • Faith - 2012-01-21 13:32

    You vote for a corrupt elite what do you expect?

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