LUMINA Volume 25 No. 1

Corruption and Development in Africa: Critical Reflections from Post-apartheid South Africa

by Kudzai Goto and Olusola Ogunnubi

Corruption today has continued to inhibit development especially in Africa. Particularly in the case of South Africa since 1994, many have attributed the slow pace of development to the menace of sleaze that is widespread at different levels of governance in the country. This paper explores the impact of corruption on Africa's lack of development paying particular attention to the South African context. Within the broader context of Africa's inability to develop and move beyond its current poverty struck level as consequences of a corrupt ridden society the article examines the causes and effects of corruption on South Africa's development. Using mainly secondary data, the paper draws an analysis of the nexus between political corruption and development in South Africa. Mainly, we present evidence suggesting that the high levels of corruption in South Africa reduce public trust and confidence in the integrity and impartiality of elected representatives (political office bearers and public officials). We conclude with a discussion of the measures that South African can undertake to combat the increasing scourge of corruption.

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