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African Countries Which Have Been Ranked ‘The Least Corrupt’- Did South Africa Make The List


Transparency International, styled ‘the global coalition against corruption. “69 percent of the 176 countries on the Corruption Perceptions Index 2016 scored below 50, on a scale from 0 (perceived to be highly corrupt) to 100 (perceived to be very clean), exposing how massive and pervasive public sector corruption is around the world.

This year more countries declined in the index than improved, showing the need for urgent action.”

Here are the top ten least corrupt African countries:

least corrupt countries in africa
  1. Republic of Botswana

This Southern African country is the least corrupt on the continent. With a score of 60, Botswana is ranked 35 in the world. Gaborone is the largest city and capital. The nation’s President Ian Khama, is the son of the first president. It has changed its leaders from 1966 democratically. Botswana has population of about 2 million. GDP per capita is $5,082.

  1. Cape Verde

The capital of this island country located off the coast of West Africa is Praia. Cape Verde is the second least corrupt country in Africa. With a score of 59, it is ranked 38 in the world. Prime Minister Ulisses Correia e Silva is the head of government. It has a population of about 0.5 million. GDP per capita is $3,170.

  1. Mauritius

The capital of this beautiful island nation located in Southern Africa is Port Louis. Mauritius is third least corrupt in Africa. With a score of 54, it is ranked 50 in the world. Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth, 86, handed over to his son, Pravind Jugnauth, 55, in September 2016. It has a population of about 1.3 million, and GDP per capita is $9,322.

  1. Rwanda

Paul Kagame is the president of this East African country. Rwanda tied with Mauritius as the third least corrupt in Africa. With a score of 54, it is ranked 50 in the world. Kigali is its capital. It has a population of about 11.6 million, and GDP per capita is $723.

  1. Namibia

It is the home country of Olympic medallist Frankie Fredericks. Namibia is the fourth least corrupt in Africa. With a score of 52, it is ranked 53 in the world. Windhoek is the capital. It has a population of about 2.5 million, and GDP per capita is $4,428.

  1. Democratic Republic of Sao Tome & Principe

It is in Central Africa and is the fifth least corrupt. With a score of 46, it is ranked 62 in the world. It has a population of about 4.6 million, and GDP per capita is $1,981.

  1. Senegal

Philosopher Leopold Senghor was the first president of this West African country. The current president is Macky Sall. Senegal is sixth least corrupt country in the continent. With a score of 45, it is ranked 64 in the world. It has a population of about 15 million, and GDP per capita is $965.

  1. South Africa

The nation that gave us Madiba, and the biggest economy in Africa tied with Senegal as the sixth least corrupt in Africa. With a score of 45, it is ranked 64 in the world. Jacob Zuma is the current president. It has a population of about 54.5 million, and GDP per capita is $5,018.

  1. Ghana

It is located in West Africa. Accra is the capital, and its national football team called the Black Stars. President Nana Akufo-Addo won the recent 2017 elections. Ghana is the seventh least corrupt in Africa. With a score of 43, it is ranked 70 in the world. Transparency International said Ghana is the ‘‘second worst decliner in the 2016 Corruption Perceptions Index’’. It has a population of about 27.4 million, and GDP per capita is $1,551.

  1. Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso is located in West Afric, Ouagadougou is its capital. Roch Marc Christian, the current president, assumed office 2016. It is the eighth least corrupt nation in Africa. With a score of 42, it is ranked 72 in the world. It has a population of 18 million, and GDP per capita is $652.

  1. Tunisia

It is the only North African nation in the top ten. President Beji Caid Essebesi governs this Arab nation from Tunis, its capital. Tunisia is the ninth least corrupt country in Africa. With a score of 41, it is ranked 75 in the world. It has a population of about 11 million, and GDP per capita is $3,777.

  1. Lesotho

It is the tenth least corrupt African country according to the Transparency International rankings. With a score of 39, it is ranked 83 in the world. Lesotho has a population of about 2 million, and GDP per capita is $933.

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