State capture inquiry on a roll

Kwazi Dlamini The commission of inquiry into state capture is on track, expecting to commence with public hearings in August. This reassurance came from commission chair, deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo on Thursday. Zondo and his team briefed the media on the progress of the commission so far. The rest of the commission’s leadership was Read more >

CSOs come together to brainstorm Sassa solution

Corruption Watch was one of several civil society organisations (CSOs) that recently took part in a roundtable engagement focusing on the issue of social grants and the role of the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) as well as that of Cash Paymaster Services (CPS). The CSOs aimed to work towards finding a multidisciplinary solution Read more >

10 corruption & transparency quotes to inspire you

First published on Voices for Transparency. 1.“We need to tell each other our stories. We need to show that everyone — our neighbors, our families, our community leaders — everyone we know is touched by corruption.” — Jennifer Lawrence, actress. When did she say it? JLaw made that comment in a post on Facebook after seeing a video from the US Read more >

Submissions invited on Political Party Funding Bill

Parliament’s Ad Hoc Committee on the Funding of Political Parties has opened the window for submissions and comments from all stakeholders and interested parties, on the draft Political Party Funding Bill. The committee invites parties to send through their written submissions on the bill from now until the closing date and time of 16h00 on Read more >

Information Regulator must start doing its job

South Africa’s Information Regulator (IR) was established in 2016, as a provision of the Protection of Personal Information Act, or Popi. The IR came into being before Popi was in force, but sections pertaining to the entity were put into effect through a presidential proclamation in April 2014. Popi was signed into law in November Read more >

Public participation invited for review of section 25

South Africa’s National Assembly, with the concurrence of the National Council of Provinces, has mandated the joint constitutional review committee to: Review section 25 of the Constitution and other sections where necessary, to make it possible for the state to expropriate land in the public interest without compensation; Propose the necessary constitutional amendments where applicable Read more >

Zim parents must buy fake permits for schoolchildren

South Africa’s home affairs department is not immigrant-friendly. At least, not to immigrants who are ordinary people trying to make a modest living. If you’re wealthy, it may be another story entirely. Our Project Lokisa report, released in November 2016, exposed rampant corruption in Home Affairs’ Marabastad refugee offices, where people were forced to pay Read more >

Rule of law declines around the world, says WJP

The 2018 Rule of Law Index, released by the World Justice Project (WJP), measures adherence to the rule of law in 113 countries and jurisdictions worldwide. Based on more than 110 000 household and 3 000 expert surveys, the index uses eight factors – Constraints on Government Powers, Absence of Corruption, Open Government, Fundamental Rights, Read more >

Open Government Week aims to curb distrust in govt

An open, transparent, accountable and ethical government is possible when citizens, civil society and governments come together. This week, 7 – 11 May, is Open Government Week (OGW), an occasion during which countries belonging to the Open Government Partnership (OGP) will focus on developing the culture and practice of transparency, participation and accountability both in Read more >