Public Protector to investigate Motlanthe’s partner

By Chantelle Benjamin 20 March 2012 – Public Protector Adv Thulisile Madonsela said she will hold a preliminary probe into allegations that Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe's partner Gugu Mtshali was involved in an attempt to solicit a bribe for government support for a R2-billion deal sanctions busting deal with Iran.  There was some concern that the investigation would not go ahead after Read more >

Dismantling the corruption web

20 March 2012 – Corruption in South Africa is institutionalised and widespread. People have been caught red-handed from various institutions of government. The corrupt activities are perpetuated by politicians, public servants, private companies and ordinary citizens. We entered into the new South Africa unprepared. Although corruption is a global cancer, South Africa can do better. Read more >

Special unit leads to 16 arrests in Western Cape

By Chantelle Benjamin 16 March 2012 – The Western Cape government's efforts to combat fraud and corruption are yielding results, with the work of its specialised unit leading to the arrest of 16 people, including former health department employees, in George. The Western Cape's Forensic Investigation Unit, which is unique in that it partners with Read more >

Gauteng speaker investigated for tender, funds

15 March 2012 – A full investigation is underway into speaker of the Gauteng Legislature Lindiwe Maseko’s conduct, after media reports on alleged conflict of interest relating to a tender and the misuse of public funds. The investigation, formally announced on Friday 2 March, is being run by the Legislature’s Integrity Commissioner. It is headed Read more >

Corruption snapshot: 9 – 15 March

Motlanthe linked to bribes?   Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe's romantic partner Gugu Mtshali has allegedly been linked to a scheme to ‘'buy” government approval for a plan to sell helicopters to Iran, according to a report by the Sunday Times.   Mtshali, former De Beers executive Raisaka Masebelanga and others allegedly met with representatives of Read more >

Sekunjalo fishes for tender

By Chantelle Benjamin                                                                             15 March 2012 – A multimillion-rand tender by Sekunjalo to combat illegal fishing along the South African coastline is being investigated by the Competition Commission. The company’s R800-million tender is for the Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries. Competition commissioner Shan Ramburuth said on Wednesday 14 March that the commission was particularly Read more >

Majola contravened Companies Act – Nicholson

Judge Chris Nicholson and his committee of inquiry have announced that Cricket South Africa's CEO Gerald Majola intentionally tried to cover a breach of the Companies Act.   Below is Nicholson's full statement made in Pretoria on 9 March 2012:   Introduction On behalf of the committee I would like to thank you for attending Read more >

Graft report: we won’t take no for an answer

Corruption Watch has entered into correspondence with the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government and eThekwini mayor to obtain a copy of the controversial 700-page Manase report, which revealed R2.2-billion irregular expenditure by the metro over the past three years. Corruption Watch – prompted by mounting outrage over the widespread abuse of public funds and resources – was Read more >

Joburg MMC in hot water for lavish gifts

Matshidiso Mfikoe, currently the City of Johannesburg’s member of the mayoral committee (MMC) for public safety, is under investigation for misusing public money for her own benefit during her tenure as MMC for environment and corporate services prior to the local government elections in May 2011. Her mandate as portfolio head of environment placed City Read more >