Asanda Matlhare
Intern Journalist
2 minute read
27 May 2021
9:27 pm

Corruption ‘affects SA’s response to Covid-19 pandemic’

Asanda Matlhare

The Covid-19 investigations of the value of contracts awarded to service providers totaled more than R14.2 billion.

A vaccine syringe is prepared as elderly South Africans receive the Covid-19 vaccine at the Munsieville Centre for the Aged in May as part of phase 2 of the vaccine campaign. Picture: Michel Bega

The extent to which corruption affected countries’ monitoring their healthcare responses to Covid-19 is highlighted by two reports: the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) personal protective equipment tenders report that correlates with the 2020 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) results, released by Transparency International. Liezl Groenewald, a business ethicist at the Ethics Institute, said corruption in South Africa was rife because people’s behaviour was determined and influenced by their values. “If societal values make it okay for people to steal, then they will do so,” she said. SA achieved a low score of 44 and ranked 69, alongside Bulgaria, Hungary, Jamaica, Romania...