The recent Corruption Perception Index (CPI) released by Transparency International ranked Botswana as the least corrupt country in Africa. Botswana has a strong anti-corruption campaign. Nigeria was ranked 148th in the world, a drop in performance from last year’s rankings.
A 300-page report has exposed a litany of irregular transactions made with money meant for Nelson Mandela’s funeral and how provincial and municipal officials plundered money initially allocated for development in one of South Africa’s poorest provinces.
The fight against corruption in Africa has been slow and arduous. So, when the African Union marked the first African Anti-Corruption Day on 11 July 2017, declaring its commitment to fighting corruption, it is no surprise that not many were excited about the declaration. Linus Unah looks at the attempts by various countries to combat corruption to figure out if these governments are serious.
Recently, the picture of the Prime Minister of Netherlands Mark Rutte riding a bicycle going to work circulated online. The reaction from many of those on the continent was shock, admiration and awe, raising the question, “which leader of an African country could ride a bicycle to work?”
Using an unaccountable police force to enforce hardship on the poor and protect the corrupt has created a situation that is not only deadly for citizens but fatal for South Africa’s democracy.
Like its counterparts all over the world, Africa’s elite political class desires power not so much to serve the people but to access the privileges of public office demonstrating the moral bankruptcy that exists in our leadership.
The Nigerian anti-corruption war has gone online, Ayodeji Rotinwa reports. Report Yourself, is a web platform that allows Nigerians to report instances of everyday bribery and graft.
Over the years, Africans have watched helplessly as large sums – sometimes in the billions of US dollars – were stolen with impunity from public coffers. This money then seemed to just vanish into thin air. However, as veteran Kenyan journalist Wycliffe Muga reports from Nairobi, without much fanfare, the noose has steadily been tightening on all such beneficiaries of official corruption.
This is the first in a short series of columns on what the “Gupta leaks” mean for South Africa.