Survey finds South African citizens are likely to pay bribes

Survey finds South African citizens are likely to pay bribes

- A survey suggests that 65% of South Africans would pay a bribe if asked to do so

- The study was discussed at the Business Against Corruption event on Thursday

- At the event, several speakers argued that law enforcement should clamp down harder on corruption

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A new survey suggests that the majority of South Africans would agree to pay or receive a bribe.

The study, conducted by the Ethics Institute, found that a full 65% of respondents would pay a bribe if asked to do so.

The study was discussed on Thursday at the Daily Maverick's Business Against Corruption event in Hyde Park.

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The survey was conducted in 2017 at the request of the Citizen and sponsored by Massmart, according to eNCA. It offers a glimpse into the endemic nature of corruption in South Africa.

During the Daily Maverick event, several speakers from academia, government and the private sector stressed that more needed to be done to address corruption. 

Sars commissioner Edward Kieswetter also pointed out that corruption did not take place in government alone but often involved active collaboration between government and the private sector. 

Speaking at the event, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan said that corporate boards and auditing firms needed to take stronger stance against corruption. He also said that corruption did not take place in a vacuum. Instead, it involved choices made by every individual involved, has gathered.

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Several speakers at the function argued that law enforcement must do more to prosecute individuals accused of corruption and hand down tougher sentences for those found guilty.

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