Entries by Corruption Watch

Blockchain, Bitcoin and the fight against corruption

Some say that the cryptocurrency and blockchain technologies are potential tools in the fight against corruption, primarily because all transactions are recorded and their details may not be altered, thereby creating a trail. Others say they lend themselves to corruption because of the anonymity factor. Neither view is absolutely correct nor incorrect and the truth, says Transparency International, lies somewhere in between.

15 ways to boost citizen anti-corruption interest

This four-part series on how we can get more people engaged in fighting corruption was written by Transparency International’s social accountability coordinator Mahmoud Farag. The series is aimed not only at organisations working in the social justice arena, but is of immense benefit to anyone wanting to increase their participation in the fight against corruption.

TI training manual for land corruption journos

Corruption in land-related services in Africa is an endemic problem that has affected every second citizen on the continent in recent years, says Transparency International. Land corruption is also under-reported and under-investigated. To counter this situation, TI has developed a comprehensive training manual to support journalists in Africa who are investigating and reporting stories of land corruption. Download it today.

Poor governance leads to schools corruption

Our annual report names corruption at public schools as a continuing major cause for concern in South Africa, with issues such as the mismanagement of funds, theft of funds and employment fraud being some of the most common forms of corruption taking place. However, forensic auditor Keeran Madhav points out that the lack of proper governance may be the single biggest factor leading to corruption.

A nation’s fight against corruption and injustice

The events of the past decade have taught us that we cannot allow time to lapse and believe that the issues we face as a society will self-correct over time, writes Corruption Watch’s Kavisha Pillay. There is no better time than now to take action, to build, and most importantly, to progress as a nation. Our leaders might change but, like time, the power of our people and democratic institutions needs to remain constant.

Looking back, looking ahead

Eternal vigilance is a price that we have to pay for our liberty, writes our chairperson Mavuso Msimang in our annual report. If we do not continue to put pressure on the new government to ensure that the integrity of our vital pillars of democracy is restored, there is a danger that corrupt officials will continue to abuse institutions that were set up with the intention of protecting the interests of the people.