Unofficial ‘road tax’ eats into everyone’s pocket

On top of looming e-tolls and rapidly increasing petrol prices, South Africans are deeply affected by the “unofficial road tax” that is tjo-tjo. This is the now commonly used word, in township slang, describing bribes. The bribe is either demanded by a metro police officer to an errant motorist, or offered by said errant motorist Read more >

Anti-corruption champion hands over baton to the youth

When businessman Hugh Glenister launched a court action in an attempt to halt the disbanding of the Scorpions five years ago, everyone thought he wouldn’t go far. In fact, when he told his colleagues he was going to take on the government, they jokingly said “They’re going to take you out.” Even he didn’t anticipate Read more >

Corruption Watch fights Hawks Bill in parliament

Corruption Watch and its partner organisations remained firm in their stance in parliament this week, voicing opposition to the Hawks being located within the South African Police Service (SAPS). The joint presentation by Corruption Watch, the Open Society Foundation and the Legal Resource Centre was delivered during the final round of submissions on the SAPS Read more >

Corruption snapshot 19 – 25 April

  SIU’s ability to investigate corruption at risk   Parliament warns that the Special Investigating Unit’s ability to investigate corruption in state departments will soon be dramatically curtailed as a result of budget constraints.   The Special Investigating Unit’s ability to investigate corruption in state departments will soon be dramatically curtailed as a result of Read more >

Corruption Watch calls for ‘no more tjo-tjo’

Launching its campaign on 23 April 2012, Corruption Watch revealed that in 2010 one in four Johannesburg drivers was asked for a bribe by the metro’s traffic officers – a total of 150 000 drivers during a single year. The figures come from a Statistics SA 2010 survey. “Bribery is a major problem in South Africa,” Read more >

The cop, the taxi driver and the fight for survival

The sheer volume of minibuses on Johannesburg roads makes taxi drivers regular bribe targets. Comparing their pay with that of metro police prompts the question of whether salaries affect the bribe drive. While there are five metropolitan police departments nationwide belonging to metro councils – Ekurhuleni, Tshwane, Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town – our focus Read more >

One in four JHB drivers asked for bribe – research

Releasing its report into bribery in the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD), Corruption Watch has called on the City of Johannesburg to “get real” and recognise the high extent of traffic cop bribery on the roads. Read the full report here. The civil society organization is also launching a nationwide “no more tjo-tjo” campaign to Read more >

Tjo-tjo: is our law for sale?

On Monday we release our hard-hitting report on corruption within the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD), highlighting the unit’s weaknesses and the extent to which traffic police abuse their power on the roads. The report will form part of a weeks-long national anti-bribery campaign, No more tjo-tjo, which will also be launched today. Tjo-tjo is Read more >