School governing body chairperson Osmond Nkuzo at Mpumelelo Primary School.

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The no-fee school which forced parents to pay
It is illegal for a no-fee school to charge fees of any kind to parents, although parents can be encouraged to make “voluntary contributions” of money or time to the school. But Corruption Watch has had many reports of no-fee schools like Mpumelelo Primary School charging fees to parents, and sometimes even withholding a child’s progress report or barring them entry to the school premises if the parent has not paid.

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All our correspondence in the Sars matter
Corruption Watch has laid criminal charges against South African Revenue Services (Sars) commissioner, Tom Moyane, as well as two senior Sars employees, Jonas Makwakwa and Kelly-Ann Elskie. In the interests of transparency, we publish all the correspondence relating to our investigation.
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Don't let corruption in SA become normalised
If corruption in South Africa becomes institutionalised, writes Prof William Gumede of Wits University's School of Governance, it will be virtually impossible to tackle it. In a policy brief published recently, he outlines a number of steps that can be taken to combat corruption, but although they have all been suggested at one time or another, those in authority have been reluctant to adopt them.

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The no-fee school which forced parents to pay

Text and photos by Julia Chaskalson First published on GroundUp NOTE: This investigation was initiated by Corruption Watch and taken forward as a joint exercise between Corruption Watch and GroundUp.   Mpumelelo Primary School in Midrand, Gauteng, is a no-fee school. But in 2007, whistleblowers approached the Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) to report that Read more >

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From rainbow nation to junk status, via unethical leaders

By Cynthia Schoeman First published on Ethics Monitor Our country’s recent history should represent a wonderful story of the triumph of ethics: of what is good and right. After centuries of oppression, South Africa emerged as the rainbow nation, and the peaceful transition to a democracy was heralded as a miracle. The massive moral shift Read more >

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