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 >

Corruption Watch wants eThekwini graft report

By Chantelle Benjamin Corruption Watch has written a letter to the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government and eThekwini mayor requesting a copy of the controversial 700-page Manase report, which revealed R2,2-billion irregular expenditure by the metro over the past three years. The organisation’s executive director David Lewis said on Monday 12 March 2012 that they had filed Read more >

Cele inquiry made public for greater transparency

The decision to hold a public inquiry into allegations of misconduct against suspended police chief Bheki Cele was made in the interests of transparency, a senior government official has said. The inquiry began on 5 March 2012. A board was appointed in October 2011 in terms of sections 8(3)(a) and 9(1) of the Police Act, Read more >

Corruption snapshot: 1 – 8 March

Open-chequebook bribe unreported   An alleged attempt to influence one of South Africa’s biggest state tenders with an “open chequebook” bribe was effectively swept under the carpet by the high-level committee deliberating on it in 2008, it was recently reported in Mail & Guardian.   The bid-adjudication committee, chaired by top advocate Norman Arendse, failed Read more >