My impression is that the ruling ANC government thinks of corruption as one of the three biggest challenges we face – the other two being unemployment and effective social delivery.

I don’t think I could usually be accused of giving them too much benefit of the doubt, but I recognise the above statement is more about what I hope for than what is demonstrated by what this government says and does.

However, yesterday the government established a high profile commission on corruption just after Transparency International released its annual index.

In Transparency’s index, the 4 least corrupt countries are New Zeeland, Denmark, Singapore and Sweden and the most corrupt are Sudan, Myanmar, Afghanistan with our very own Somalia at the bottom of the log.

South Africa ranked 55 of 180 countries – so it could have been worse, but it could have been better.

Below is a screen-shot of where we come on the tables; but for the original report click on the image.

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