Survey reveals bribery is rife in KwaZulu Natal and Gauteng

The 2016 Ethics Institute South African Citizens' Bribery Survey has revealed that a significant number of South Africans find it difficult to navigate daily life without paying a bribe.

According to the 4500 respondents across the country's five provinces, the average bribe amount stands at R2200.

The top five reasons for paying a bride were to avoid traffic offences, to secure a job, to obtain a driver's license, to be awarded a tender and to receive unauthorised discounts from businesses.

Below are some of the survey's findings in the provinces where interviews were conducted:

  • Free State & Western Cape 14% of respondents said they knew someone who had been approached for a bribe
  • Gauteng 28% of respondents said they knew someone who had been approached for a bribe
  • Limpopo 12% of respondents said they knew someone who had been approached for a bribe
  • Kwa-Zulu Natal 32% of respondents said they knew someone who had been approached for a bribe

The survey also highlighted that people from low income groups (with earnings of R100 000 per annum) were more vulnerable to bribery as compared to higher-earning individuals (R500 000 per annum).

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