In January, Transparency International released the results for the 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index, which ranks 180 countries by their perceived level of corruption, according to experts and business people. The index scores countries out of 100. The results show that SA ranks 73rd out of the 180. Contrary to the thinking of Hamlet’s Marcellus, the 2018 index shows that there is very little rotten in the state of Denmark, as Denmark was identified as the least corrupt nation globally, scoring 88 out of 100. The remaining top-scoring countries identified for 2018 are New Zealand — 87, Finland — 85, Singapore — 85 and Sweden — 85. The worst-five scoring countries identified are Somalia — 10, Syria — 13, South Sudan — 13, Yemen — 14 and North Korea — 14. SA scored 43 out of 100 in the 2018 CPI, unchanged from our 2017 score and down two points from our score of 45 in 2016. SA obtained the ninth-best score by an African nation. When releasing the index results, Transparency Internati...

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