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AD15: Basotho see increased corruption despite government efforts

Libuseng Malephane 6 Mar 2015 Lesotho
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Key findings
  • A majority (58%) of Basotho say the level of corruption in Lesotho has increased over the past year.
  • Basotho are divided in their assessment of the government’s performance in fighting corruption and in their perceptions of the DCEO.
  • Six in 10 respondents (59%) say ordinary Basotho can make a difference in the fight against corruption, most effectively by reporting corruption when it occurs. This highlights the importance of addressing the significant proportion (30%) of the 2 population that has not heard enough about the institution responsible for combating corruption in the country (DCEO).

Basotho perceive an increased level of corruption in the past year, with the highest levels of perceived corruption among the police and business executives, according to Afrobarometer’s most recent survey. Survey results show that citizens are divided in their assessment of the government’s handling of the fight against corruption.

Most Basotho say ordinary people can make a difference in the fight against corruption. The most frequently cited way for citizens to help fight corruption is by reporting corruption when it occurs. However, fewer than half of the population say they trust the Directorate for Corruption and Economic Offences (DCEO), the institution to which these reports should be made, and a significant proportion (30%) haven’t heard enough about the DCEO to comment on it.

These findings highlight the need for the DCEO to become more visible in order to build the public confidence and cooperation it needs to play its role effectively.

Libuseng Malephane

Libuseng is the national partner representative for Anglophone countries at Afrobarometer