Gauteng has once again topped the list of total corruption cases lodged with Corruption Watch according to the annual reports released on Wednesday
Corruption Watch stated that a total of 2 382 complaints of corruption were lodged with them in 2015 out of which 71% were classified as corruption per the organisation’s definition, compared to 56% the previous year
Given its definition of corruption as “the abuse of public resources or public power for personal gain,” it said its unfortunate Gauteng has to top the list once again followed by KwaZulu-Natal at 12%‚ while the remaining provinces hover between 5% and 7%‚ with the exception of Northern Cape at 2%
The body’ explained further that though Gauteng topped the list, it did not mean that the province was the most corrupt in the state. The report stated thus;
We have a larger number of reports from this province partly because of the work that Corruption Watch has done with Johannesburg metro police and the Gauteng department of education.
Gauteng is the most populous province in the country with over 13 million people calling it home.
The body’s executive director David Lewis pointed out that the reports did not only enable the body to identify patterns and hotspots of corruption and to devise anti-corruption strategies‚ but‚ most important‚ they enable them to speak with the backing of evidence provided by the public.
“This year we will go on a major drive to increase the volume of reports from the victims and opponents of corruption.”
Gauteng provincial government has however been said to have constructively responded to the reports that the body received”.
Meanwhile, the list released also showed that Corruption Watch has received more than 10 000 reports since 2012 “This public activism was reflected in several events during 2015, such as the student fees protest, various anti-xenophobia and corruption marches, and other mobilizations,” it said.
“Ordinary people have come to us to report corruption – 10 573 as of the end of December 2015 – with 2 382 reported in 2015 alone.”
In terms of state institutions‚ schools topped the table of “corruption hotspots”‚ making up 16% of reports‚ “followed by traffic and licensing at 12%‚ immigration at 6% and housing and healthcare at 5% and 3% respectively”
“As in previous years‚ abuse of power constituted the bulk of corruption reports at 38%‚ followed by bribery at 20% and procurement corruption at 14% of the total‚” the report said.
This‚ according to Corruption Watch could be attributed to the mechanisms that was set in place to enhance public understanding of corruption.
In his description of the report, the Corruption Watch chairperson Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane said: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”