Bernadette Wicks
Senior court reporter
2 minute read
5 Mar 2021
5:39 am

365 days of Covid-19: SA fails to manage ‘corruption crisis’

Bernadette Wicks

Allegations of widespread abuses of state resources earmarked for the fight against Covid-19 in South Africa reared their head last year.

Thabiso Hamilton Ndlovu.

While the rest of the world went through the Covid-19 pandemic, South Africa had the added burden of what was recently described as “a corruption crisis”. “Covid-19 is not just a health and economic crisis. It is a corruption crisis – and one that we are currently failing to manage,” said Delia Ferreira Rubio, chair of the global advocacy group, Transparency International. She was speaking on the release of the latest Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), an annual report which ranked countries and territories in terms of their perceived levels of public sector corruption. The 2020 iteration painted a grim picture,...