SA scores top marks for national security, declines on governance performance in survey


South Africa is declining in its governance performance, but showing impressive growth in its national security performance, according to the 2012 Mo Ibrahim Index of African Governance.

The index shows a 5% increase in national security performance from a 90% score in 2009, putting South Africa on the 8th spot out of 52 countries.

South Africa had, however, declined in two categories – safety and rule of law, and participation and human rights.
“Given the vast natural and human resources of these four regional powers, these governance results are a concern,” said Abdoulie Janneh, board member of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation.

The London-based foundation publishes the index, ranking 52 African countries according to 88 indicators grouped under safety and the rule of law, participation and human rights, sustainable economic opportunity and human development.

Mauritius topped the index with a score of 83 out of 100 while African countries Somalia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Chad and Eritrea remained at the bottom.