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SA is rated slightly less corrupt‚ according to the latest corruption index‚ but it could have fared better had it not been for the State of Capture report. SA’s score on Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions index has improved slightly‚ moving one place up on the scoring table from 44 in 2015 to 45 in 2016. The index ranked 176 countries during 2016 and noted that SA’s score shifted three places from 61 to 64‚ which is an improvement. The score refers to the perceived levels of public sector corruption on a scale of 0-100‚ where 0 is perceived as highly corrupt and a 100 is perceived as very clean. Corruption Watch executive director David Lewis said it was good news that the country was improving on the annual corruption ranking‚ but it was still ranked among other countries deemed to have serious corruption problems.

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