Saturday, October 03, 2009

South Africa slips in governance ratings

Look on the bright side. We scored ahead of the Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Chad, Sudan and Somalia in terms of safety and security. Phew! Not in last place on that one. Um, wait a minute, aren't those countries at war..?


..due to declining levels of safety and security, political rights and rule of law -- particularly in terms of corruption.

South Africa's governance ratings have slipped two places to ninth position in Africa, according to Harvard University's Index of African Governance.

The slip was, in part, because of the widening of the study to include northern African countries, said the study's director Professor Robert Rotberg of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

However, it was also due to declining levels of safety and security, political rights and rule of law -- particularly in terms of corruption.

"South Africa performs well across the index, but it is amongst the very lowest scores in terms of crime," said Rotberg.

South Africa's rank in terms of safety and security was 47th out of the 53 countries scored, ahead of only the Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Chad, Sudan and Somalia.

"Homicide is one of the reasons South Africa ranks so low," said Rotberg, adding: "South Africa does well because there is no political violence."

While South Africa slipped in the rankings with regard to the rule of law, transparency and corruption, it still ranked fifth in comparison to other African countries.

Rotberg said there were also more prisoners awaiting trial and a report from Reporters without Borders had said there had been a slippage in press freedoms.

The slippages South Africa had experienced were "not large, but there is a slippage," said Rotberg. - Newswatch

1 Opinion(s):

Exzanian said...

It's getting so bad nowadays, what with malema and the rest, I am becoming seriously ashamed of being South African!