International watchdog organisation Corruption Watch, released a report that takes a look at the different levels of corruption in South Africa and its impact on citizens, the report revealed that the Western Cape province is the fourth most corrupt province in the country.
The aim of the report is to highlight how corruption destroys democracy, and how this results in the abuse of power and a lack of accountability.
According to Corruption Watch’s Executive Director, David Lewis, pillars of power such as Parliament were “compromised” and contributed to the era of State Capture.
“On the other hand, we saw how other institutions of our democracy led the fight back against state capture. Robust and independent civil society, media and judiciary are key indicators of a functioning democracy and in our country, these are widely acknowledged for their leading role in confronting state capture,” he said.
Abuse of power, bribery and procurement have been identified as the biggest trends in corruption.
The majority of the 4200 corruption cases reported in 2018 came from provincial government departments, Gauteng had the highest number of recorded reports at 45%.