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'Politicians are corrupt'

By Sapa | Oct 22, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 43 ]

'Businesspeople are almost as bad'

Nearly 80% of people living in South Africa’s major metropolitan areas believe that politicians in the senior levels of government are corrupt, according to a survey released on Monday.

“A survey of 2000 residents of South Africa... revealed that the proportion of people in South Africa’s eight major metro areas who feel that there is corruption in senior levels of government is 78 percent,” research company TNS’s spokesman Neil Higgs said in a statement.

Ten percent disagreed and 12% gave a “don’t know” response.

Higgs said most believed that the private sector was also rife with corruption.  

“Seventy percent feel that corruption is just as bad in the private sector.”  Eighteen percent disagreed.

This “is now a well entrenched perception that has been largely unchanged for over six years, though the latest reading does show a small improvement”, Higgs said.

In a related survey, also conducted among 2000 people living in metro areas, TNS found that 48% felt that Public Protector Thuli Madonsela was “doing a good job”.

Forty-two percent felt that government often ignored her findings.  

“Of concern, though, is that only a half of people feel that the government is really attacking the problem [of corruption],” Higgs said.  

“Perhaps linked to this is the perception that the government often ignores rulings of the Public Protector, [which is] an untenable situation.”

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Nearly 80% of people living in South Africa’s major metropolitan areas believe that politicians in the senior levels of government are corrupt, according to a survey released on Monday.

this is so true, and u find bo Ramaphosa with big construction companies and yet they dont allow gorvernment employees to have companies or be main shareholders on close cooperations

Oct 23, 2012 1:7 | 0 replies

RobinH, I'm with T.C.T. on this one. It was all laid open, but her son was not prosecuted. I find that to be very wrong.

Oct 22, 2012 2:20 | 0 replies

TCT. Sorry Boet, you are way behind> It was all laid open quite a long time ago. Pretty credibly, may I add.

Oct 22, 2012 2:14 | 0 replies

I dont realy care what CLEVER ppl might say on this regard but how come MADOSELA is not alerting us on the report about her old son who stole state car and damaged it in private property?And she was so quick in protecting her old son by telling us that she would take full responsibility without following proper procedure.According to those with info they say MADOSELA husband is the person who is allowed to drive state car not ada foolish ppl,So is clear that this case was supposed to be treated withing the parameters of the law like that of Judge Motata.even if she is doing great but she must lead by example.Her son should not be excluded from prosecution because that boy had stolen a state vehicle and damaged it or are we simply leaving in a country wer we experience selective justice?

Oct 22, 2012 2:12 | 0 replies

KatakataEmaotoAditshepe - Remember that quite a few public businesses are tenderpreneurs...

Oct 22, 2012 1:32 | 0 replies

RobinHH
Mopheme: Wow, Quite a position you take there. Best not say too much about that else I may get banned for being straightforward.
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Just be straightforward dude, Thuli will protect you

Oct 22, 2012 1:31 | 0 replies

@oldlady12

BrizzyPistol17, is it not the taxpayers money when a construction firm eg pays huge amounts to get tender after tender at inflated prices? (I talk tenders because that is the business I know) Or when the big 5 construction firms (the only ones with the correct CIBD grading to do the big jobs) get together and fix prices so that between them, whoever gets the jobs, it is at very inflated prices?
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The huge amounts paid by the construction firm to get the tender is recovered through the inflated tender price so indirectly its the tax payers money.

The reason why there has been so much irregular expenditure recorded in government, arising from non-compliance with procurement processes which include amongst other things this CIBD grading, is that tenders are awarded to fly by night companies established with the sole objective of securing government tenders for low cost RDP housing and so on.

Oct 22, 2012 1:26 | 0 replies

corruption anywhere, traffic cops,police making case docket disapear, bribe x for tender even bribe a security man to be in front of the que during January student registration.... donate money to Nkandla so as to get in good books of government to get tenders...

Oct 22, 2012 1:25 | 0 replies

When's this public protecor going to protect public in private sector may be private sector is far worse from pucblic,they do as they like?

Oct 22, 2012 12:59 | 0 replies

oldlady: One must distinguish between the role of the Public Protector and Public Prosecutions. With respect, The former has absolutely no mandate to prosecute. So if there is fault here, it lies with the Dept of Prosecutions. She herself was absolutely open about the whole thing.

Oct 22, 2012 2:22 | 0 replies

I dont realy care what C.LEVER ppl might say on this regard but how come MADOSELA is not alerting us on the report about her old son who stole state car and damaged it in private property?And she was so quick in protecting her old son by telling us that she would take full responsibility without following proper procedure.According to those with info they say MADOSELA husband is the person who is allowed to drive state car not ada f.oolish ppl,So is clear that this case was supposed to be treated withing the parameters of the law like that of Judge Motata.even if she is doing great but she must lead by example.Her son should not be excluded from prosecution because that boy had s.tolen a state vehicle and d.amaged it or are we simply leaving in a country wer we experience selective j.ustice?

Oct 22, 2012 2:25 | 0 replies