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Perceptions of corruption in South Africa will be under the spotlight again on Thursday, 28 January 2021, when Transparency International, the leading civil society organisation tackling corruption worldwide, will release its annual Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI). 

The 2020 edition of the CPI ranks 180 countries by their perceived levels of public sector corruption, drawing on 13 surveys covering expert assessments and views of businesspeople. The CPI captures specific manifestations of public sector corruption, which range from bribery, diversion of public funds, effective prosecution of corruption cases, adequate legal frameworks, access to information, and legal protections for whistle-blowers, journalists and investigators.  

On the CPI scale of 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean), South Africa has persistently stagnated below the 50-point mark for almost a decade. The year 2020 has demonstrated the impact of corruption on the ability of health care systems to respond to the global COVID-19 pandemic and the vulnerabilities for increased corruption in relation to emergency procurement requirements.  

Report release details:  

Date: 28 January 2021 
Time: 07h00 

The CPI will be available electronically on Corruption Watch’s website from 07h00 on Thursday:  

For media queries, please contact:  

Phemelo Khaas: 083 763 3472