- More than eight in 10 South Africans (82%) say corruption in the country increased “somewhat” or “a lot” during the year preceding the survey, up 10 percentage points from the last Afrobarometer survey in 2021 (Figure 1).
- Only 10% of citizens believe the government is performing “fairly well” or “very well” in fighting corruption, down 11 percentage points compared to 2021.
- Almost three-quarters (72%) of South Africans say ordinary people risk retaliation or other negative consequences if they report corruption (Figure 2).
- Even if people do report corruption, only one in four citizens (25%) believe that government authorities will take action, and only about one-third (34%) think the government is committed to fighting corruption (Figure 3).
- But more than half (54%) of South Africans believe that the government has the capacity to fight corruption, and even larger majorities say that businesses implicated in corruption should be prohibited from dealing with the government (76%) and that cabinet ministers and government officials charged with corruption should step down (80%) (Figure 4).
A majority of South Africans say corruption in the country is getting worse and the government is doing a poor job of fighting it, a new Afrobarometer survey indicates.
Most citizens say ordinary people risk retaliation if they speak out against corruption, and only a few believe that the authorities will take action in response to reported corruption.
Only about one-third of South Africans say the government is committed to fighting corruption, although more than half believe it has the capacity to do so.
Majorities say that companies implicated in corruption should be barred from doing business with the government and that cabinet ministers and government officials who have been charged with corruption should step down immediately.