South Africa has been highlighted as one of the eight corruption hot spots on the continent in a survey by law firm Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs (ENS).
The results of their 2015 anti-bribery and corruption survey shows that although incidents of bribery have increased, so has general awareness of anti-bribery compliance among organisations.
(Also read our article: Survey shows bribery on the up in South Africa - but there is a silver lining)
CapeTalk and 702 presenter Redi Tlhabi spoke with Steven Powell, Forensics Executive at ENS, about the findings of the survey, ongoing anti-bribery efforts in South Africa and the grey areas of corruption.
A total of 88 ENS client organisations across Africa participated in the survey.
We surveyed many of our ENS corporate clients on the continent. We wanted to establish the level of anti-bribery compliance of these organisations as well as the level of bribery incidents that these entities had encountered.— Stephen Powell, Forensics Director at ENS Africa
The top 8 corruption hot spots in Africa (in no particular order)
- South Africa
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
The survey found that 24% of the companies have experienced incidents of bribery, while only 40% has dedicated anti-bribery training programmes for employees.
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@RediTlhabi administrative discretionary powers to public officials is what exposes us to corruption. E.g Procurement Act has gaping holes!— Nathi Dwayi (@NathiThina) July 29, 2015
@RediTlhabi it's easy to say no to bribery when you live in opulence, but when u too wants to live in a glass house 🏡 it become irresistible— Tebogo/Letona (@TebogoView) July 29, 2015
@RediTlhabi Bribery is committed at the point you start thinking about it.— KABELO MG (@KabeloMG) July 29, 2015
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