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The South African police is leading in terms of corruption in the country, Corruption Watch, a non-profit organization, said in a report released on Tuesday.

The 2019 Analysis of Corruption Trends Report, which relied on 1,591 whistle blowers who exposed corruption in different sectors across the country, showed the police had overtaken sectors such as schools, health and local government for the first time.

The leading forms of corruption in the police were abuse of power (35.7 percent) and bribery (30.6 percent).

“If we are to tackle corruption and many other social ills like gender-based violence, it is necessary that there be trust in the police. But the police have to earn that trust. By providing a mechanism for accountability we are hoping to contribute to building trust between the communities and the police,” said David Lewis, executive director of Corruption Watch.

Lewis said Corruption Watch have been involved in the awareness campaigns in communities which could be the reason why there is increase corruption reports in the police and health sectors.

According to the report, corruption in schools stood at 30.6 percent.

He stated that in some schools there are reports of embezzlement of funds and theft of resources.

Corruption Watch said there are employment irregularities in the health sector (33.3 percent) and procurement irregularities (15.1 percent). Enditem

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