- Corruption Watch claims that Gauteng accounted for almost half of all government corruption complaints in the last year
- Additionally, the group says this corruption hurts ordinary South Africans
- However, they praised the media and judiciary for holding power to account
The non-profit organisation Corruption Watch has released a report in which it claims that Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal are the most corrupt provinces in the country.
Education and policing were identified as the most corrupt spheres of government.
22% of corruption reports were related to the education sector, while 9% stemmed from police.
Gauteng emerged as the most corrupt province, as it has for the last several years.
David Lewis, the executive director of Corruption Watch, says this is in part because it is the most populated province and because most national government headquarters are situated in the province. Additionally, Gauteng is the country's economic hub.
Corruption Watch has said that this corruption undermines democratic institutions and results in abuses of power. In addition, the organisation says it has spoken to many ordinary South Africans, who it says are the hardest hit by by the consequences of government graft.
Corruption Watch says these citizens are negatively impacted by corruption in the health sector, as they often rely on public health services. They say that many people also suffer abuse at the hands of police, Briefly.co.za has learned.
However, the report was not all doom and gloom. The organisation praised the institutions that were resisting state capture, according to News24, as well as the independent media and civil society that has held government to account.
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