Chapter 15 contents Thieves Avoiding city dangers Police Accidentally breaking the law Bribery and corruption On the road Scams Drugs Hustlers and phony guides Natural dangers Terrorism Sexual attitudes Advice for gay travellers Advice for men Advice for women
Bribery and corruption
Bribery is indeed a way of life, but probably not yours. Increasingly, people in Africa believe they shouldn’t have to live with corruption either, and it’s beginning to lose its grip as democracy and accountability make inroads across the continent. There may not be an “African Summer” to follow the “Arab Spring” of 2011, but make no mistake: people in sub-Saharan Africa are as fed up with corruption and mismanagement as anyone in North Africa or the Middle East.
Whatever locals do, if you as a traveller find yourself confronting an implacable person in uniform, you do not have to give in to tacit demands for money. . .
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