The Shaik case has also brought some interesting corruption statistics to light. These came to the fore during testimony by anti-corruption researcher Hennie Van Vuuren from the Institute for Security Studies:
Public sector corruption costs South Africa between R50 billion and R150 billion per year.
A report on breaches of the Public Finance Management Act tabled in parliament shows that at least 434 government officials have been charged with financial misconduct.
More than half of the reported cases related to claims, embezzlement, misappropriation of funds, and false statements, and only R177,000 was recovered from an estimated R4.2 million lost to government in the year ending March 2002.
Social grants scams cost the state R2 billion a year and as much as R10 billion may have been lost to corrupt practises in the first 10 years of democracy.
The sectors most open to corruption are public servants and the construction industry, followed by the arms and defence industry.