2016 CPI to be released this week

Global anti-corruption organisation Transparency International releases its 22nd annual Corruption Perceptions Index on Wednesday, 25 January 2017. This year’s index ranks 176 countries/territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption. The index draws on 13 surveys covering expert assessments and views of businesspeople. South Africa has not stood out in recent years, unless for Read more >

Licence corruption draws youth off the straight path

Corruption Watch researchers recently analysed the reports we have received pertaining to applications for learner’s and driver’s licences, specifically in Gauteng, with a view to highlighting corruption trends in licence departments. Our analysis indicated that corrupt practices are acceptable even if deterrent measures such as cameras are implemented, and it is often the officials who Read more >

SA falling short on OGP commitments

The Open Government Partnership’s (OGP) second end-of-term report for South Africa shows that, while the country made a start on its stated commitments, it did not complete any of them. The progress report covers the period from 2013 to 2015, and was prepared by the independent reporting mechanism (IRM), an independent body which is overseen Read more >

SA must work to make govt more accountable

By Fola Adeleke First published on The Conversation The South African government completed its term as lead-chair of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) in December 2016. The partnership is an international initiative formed by eight countries in 2011 that has grown to 75 members. Its aim is to improve public sector governance and encourage civil Read more >

Mashaba: Joburg’s corrupt officials are going down

By Greg Nicolson First published in Daily Maverick Seven people were arrested for fraud by the Hawks on Tuesday at the Sandton and Martindale licensing departments. In a statement, Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba said investigations revealed there are 106 allegedly corrupt licensing centre officials who will be arrested and “face the full might of the Read more >

Everyday bribery in SA still a serious problem

Towards the end of last year the Ethics Institute of South Africa (EthicsSA) released its second South African Citizen’s Bribery Survey, following on the first edition released in 2015. The survey aims, says EthicsSA, to help develop a “better understanding of the bribery challenges that South Africans face on a daily basis, their beliefs about Read more >

Our year fighting corruption: Transparency International

Transparency International, the global anti-corruption movement of which Corruption Watch is a chapter, has compiled a list of its most inspiring stories of 2016. The work done by officials within TI’s Advocacy and Legal Advice Centres, who have helped over 250 000 people in 60 countries around the world, is highlighted here. Read more     Read more >

Jonas Makwakwa still under a cloud at SA’s tax agency

South African Revenue Service (Sars) second-in-command Jonas Makwakwa remained under suspension as the investigation into the “suspicious and unusual” cash payments made into his bank accounts had not yet been completed, the tax authority said on Monday. The investigation is being undertaken by law firm Hogan Lovells. Sars commissioner Tom Moyane has indicated that Sars Read more >

Urban land in Zim: power, politics and corruption

By Mary Jane Ncube, Farai Shone Mutondoro and Manase Chiweshe As political parties gear up for the 2018 national elections in Zimbabwe, urban land appears to be emerging as an important campaigning tool for ruling party Zanu PF. The use of land as a political tool is not new in Zimbabwe – in the early 2000s a controversial Read more >