n African Renaissance - Governance and service delivery in the public sector : the case of South Africa under Jacob Zuma (2009–2018)

Volume 16 Number 3
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305



It’s undeniable that corruption is a worldwide phenomenon that is witnessed both in the developed and developing world. Nevertheless, by narrowing this down to Africa, the continent has witnessed vast amount to corruption activities in the post-colonial era and this has continued to be a widespread occurrence that has made those politically connected get richer and the general populace poorer. This has led to most African states to remain underdeveloped, unindustrialized, marginalized and lacking basic socio-economic development. By narrowing this down to South Africa as a point of departure, the post-1994 South African government was widely expected to be a driving force in reviving the country’s economy as a result of the destabilization policies of the erstwhile apartheid regime. Nonetheless, 25 years into democracy, corruption has manifested itself to be a stumbling block to the country’s development framework(s). The African National Congress (ANC) government (since 1994) has been embroiled and implicated particularly since the Jacob Zuma era in immense corruption scandals that have benefited a few cronies at the expense of the poor. This paper aims to unearth the drivers of corruption in the South African public sector post-1994.

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