SA declines in governance index

2012-10-16 11:59

Johannesburg - South Africa has shown unfavourable governance performance since 2006, the 2012 Mo Ibrahim Index of African Governance said in a summary report on its website.

Over the past six years, it found that Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa had declined in two categories - safety and rule of law, and participation and human rights.

"Each of these four countries deteriorated the most in the participation sub-category, which assesses the extent to which citizens have the freedom to participate in the political process."

South Africa and Kenya had also registered declines in sustainable economic opportunity.

The London-based foundation publishes the index, ranking 52 African countries according to 88 indicators grouped under safety and the rule of law, participation and human rights, sustainable economic opportunity and human development.

There has been no change in its top five this year - with Mauritius topping the index with a score of 83 out of 100, ahead of Cape Verde with 78, Botswana 77, Seychelles 73 and South Africa 71.

Somalia remained at the bottom with a score of seven, behind Democratic Republic of Congo, Chad and Eritrea with 33.

  • henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-10-16 12:07

    With a president who cannot even give a speech....What did you expect?

      Willie - 2012-10-16 12:47

      with this kind of president who contradicts himself dail what do we expect

      sehlabane.marxist - 2012-10-16 12:49

      Nelson Mandela has law qualifications and had a vision of reconciliation and Rainbow nation; Thabo Mbeki is an intellectual with good economics credentials and his vision was of African renaissance. What exactly is president Zuma's vision? Believe you me; We need to prepare ourselves for the hardships that lies ahead. When the storm comes, all the citizens of this nation black or white, yellow or brown will feel it. That's when we will realise that we are all victims...

      foxiloxi - 2012-10-16 12:50

      And one that refuses to debate, because he knows that he is going to look like the idiot he is!!

  • brad.herbert.522 - 2012-10-16 12:08

    And this will remain the trend as long as the ANC continues to rule with its current ideologies. When will the ANC realise that this is a country that needs to be governed and not run by tribal customs/culture?

  • Don.Tandy - 2012-10-16 12:24

    Hardly surprising with the gangster we have doing president impersonations. And the sad thing is - come Manguang, we are not going to be any better off, probably worse.

      sean.redmond3 - 2012-10-16 15:32

      "president impersonations." Sorry, he can not even do that right :).

  • chiepner - 2012-10-16 12:24

    With a government that displays so much arrogance, corruption and nepotism - what else did we expect?

  • warren.deeves - 2012-10-16 12:27

    @nketso, we (the wide awake and aware) don't need to comment on how useless the ANC is, the Index of African Governance has already spoken.

      David Steyn - 2012-10-16 12:59

      It makes you wonder what the struggle was all about. Was it really for freedom for all or was is just to get power to enrich themselves. Is there really a difference between this regime and the previous one?

      Jeremy - 2012-10-16 13:18

      David Steyn, yes, there's a difference. The Nats initiated apartheid - which disenfranchised the majority, but at least they were generally efficient. They may very well have had their hands in the till, but if they did it was a lot more subtle than the widespread corruption and greed of the ANC.

      nketso.kgwadi - 2012-10-16 13:20

      @warren yes the ANC is bad for our country, but the country is still racially divided blacks so most blacks will vote for ANC as they wanna keep AA and BEE alive and whites will feel they not good for them. Now remember if u vote u want change for u, who will come and sweep most black voters under ANc foot away cos DA is failing to come with a strategy?

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-10-16 14:21

      David Steyn from who who had participated in the struggle: We struggled for things this ANC has never heard about. Our struggle was probably just a waste of time.

  • jeremy.thewasp - 2012-10-16 12:28

    Its very difficult for a party like the criminal ANC to run a country when all their hands are super glued stuck in the state coffers in order to bleed this wealthy country of it's every last cent... Each year we just watch this beautiful country go downhill, they are gonna rape it till we have nothing left... It's very sad, but greed and power are all they interested in.

  • sihlangu.hokweni - 2012-10-16 12:34

    Surely this Mo Ibrahim Index on African Governance's REPORT can't be taken seriously if it compares us to the likes of NIGERIA

      john.turner.58760608 - 2012-10-16 12:39

      The Mo Ibrahim Index reports on African countries and when I went to school I was taught that Nigeria and South Africa are both on the continent of Africa. Are you a product of ANC education?

  • gary.desousa.7 - 2012-10-16 12:34

    I suppose one could at least say we now have some kind of index,not like pre 1994 but it does seem that "africans" generally cannot govern,grasp concepts and impliment them.

  • DarrenCooper68 - 2012-10-16 12:41

    @nketso, we would be whining regardless of who the leaders are. It is the situation we are in and those responsible that are the target of the complaints and rightly so. It is hard in this country but try for arguements sake to remove colour culture etc, etc and then take an objective look. There is a problem and denying it is quite silly. If the ruling party cannot rule, and the electorate are blinded by all the other bs factors, it aint going to get any better for anyone...........

      nketso.kgwadi - 2012-10-16 13:03

      @bingo my point is what r u guys doing accept whinning and complaining? Yes I agree dat the ANC is f k up our country!whinning alone won't help believe me most blacks want change but who? As most whites r still drawing a line between them and us.

      hughfh - 2012-10-16 14:53

      Nketso's got a point. The ANC have a poor record in government by but jove they can galvanise votes come election year. It's time the opposition parties, all of them, started appealing to and GETTING THROUGH TO all voters, not just those with access to the internet or what have you. More newspaper/radio ads, word of mouth, whatever it takes to get the word out that there is a viable alternative. If the opposition can't make a serious dent in the ANC's majority in 2014, the leadership should hang their heads in shame and resign because rarely do they have this much (negative) material with which to work.

      rayno.grever - 2012-10-16 18:18

      @hughhf: I don't think one can blame the opposition for not making a dent in the ANC. Its the ignorance of the people (the voters) that's a BIG problem. I predict that the ANC will remain in power forever because of the sheer number of uneducated voters out there. Many people predict change by 2019 but I honestly can't see it happening. If the effects of corruption, nepotism, greed and treason can be forgotten by means of a silly dance, song and waving your fist in the air then what chance is there for change? Zuma and co can resort to any misdeed and merely toi toi to make all their supporters forget about the pressing issues in SA. As long as their supporters see Zille only for her color and not for what she stands then I'm sure we'll never see a change for the good. Ai jinne

  • tony.naidoo - 2012-10-16 12:42

    Really? You can't be serious! We have accounted for every cent we spent on KFC, Moet, Johnny Walker Blue, Babylon springwater, Caviar etc. - all R4.6 billion of it. We are not as bad as Bob!

  • foxiloxi - 2012-10-16 12:51

    THe ANC will just dismiss this as an imperialist organisation that means nothing and they are just against the ANC and bla bla bla.....

  • jaun.lombard.9 - 2012-10-16 12:53

    Apartheid is to blame...

      sean.redmond3 - 2012-10-16 15:37

      Waiting for that to come up, no no the west is to blame.

  • nketso.kgwadi - 2012-10-16 12:58

    The way I see it whites will never accept affirmative action BEE as they say it disadvantages them but if u look around if the was proper sanitation in township like in affluent areas most whites stay in if there was proper roads clinics schools sports facilities equality, fair employment from 1948 then most black people won't mind voting any white party but now the ANC is giving this thngs to them? And the other thing is yes they see that ANC is corrupt what is the DA promising to black people, to get rid of A BEE then forget it they will vote the ANC till piet comes back.

      Hein Van Wyk - 2012-10-16 13:19

      then you dig your owen grave...

      Jeremy - 2012-10-16 13:26

      Nketso, I think you have a point. However, there are increasing numbers of well-educated black youngsters coming through the system who don't subscribe to the belief that they must be GIVEN housing, sanitation etc. They're doing it for themselves because they CAN - and they'll add to the increasing numbers of people of all races who'll vote for a government that isn't corrupt, greedy and incompetent. The only way to clean up the ANC is to vote it out of power - and that will happen, probably by 2019.

      warren.deeves - 2012-10-16 16:53

      @nketso, it appears you're a victim of Bantu education. Are you aware of such a thing called punctuation. Your sentences make no sense, and your spelling is worse than my six year old nephew's. I wanted to respond to your earlier reply, but it was just a jumble of random words, and I couldn't make head nor tail of what you were trying to say. Please accept my apology for not responding to you in full.

      ludallmann - 2012-10-24 13:08

      O, please do tell us about this Piet guy. I would like to contact him to return post haste. He sounds like the answer to all our problems.

  • Vince.York - 2012-10-16 13:13

    When did "Freefall Descent" become described as 'declining'? re;- SA declines in governance index 2012-10-16 11:59

  • thunder.clap.587 - 2012-10-16 13:24

    Young guns,young blood,more Malemas and the governance index will definitely incline.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-10-16 14:17

    Don't worry, unfavourable is the flavour of the South African government.

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  • willem.d.jager - 2012-10-16 16:32

    No surprises there. South Africans are now more isolated internationally and a South African passport less valuable than during Apartheid. We are the laughing stock of the world and it is still is the poor majority that are marginalised and excluded from economic participation while the fat cats line their pockets with public funds. Away with the corrupt incompetents!

  • George - 2012-10-16 18:32

    Mother Nature is giving South Africa exactly what it deserves.

  • michaelandrebergh - 2012-10-21 07:27

    Its because they REALLY.. REALLY dont give a sh#$t

  • michaelandrebergh - 2012-10-21 07:27

    Its because they REALLY.. REALLY dont give a sh#$t

  • michaelandrebergh - 2012-10-21 07:27

    Its because they REALLY.. REALLY dont give a sh#$t

  • ludallmann - 2012-10-24 12:55

    It's not the poor idiot presidents fault, it is the more idiotic electorate's fault. Why do they still vote ANC?????

  • ludallmann - 2012-10-24 12:55

    Sorry, I meant rich idiot.

  • Leko - 2013-08-18 05:11

    I hate these agents...

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