Mbalula: we have a problem with SAPS leadership

Police minister Fikile Mbalula today presented the 2016/2017 crime statistics to the parliamentary portfolio committee on police. The statistics cover the period from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017. This means that at best, the stats are over six months old. Mbalula acknowledged that there is a problem of poor leadership in the South Read more >

The real police numbers behind SA’s high crime rate

As the South African Police Service (SAPS) prepares to release South Africa’s annual crime statistics, Corruption Watch and the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) have released numbers that highlight the challenges of police leadership in a country with endemic crime and violence. This is part of a campaign to change the way South Africa’s top Read more >

CW makes parly submissions on political party funding

This week Corruption Watch made written submissions to the parliamentary ad hoc committee on the funding of political parties, on the draft Political Party Funding Bill of 2017. We expressed concerns mainly around the continued lack of transparency in the private finding of parties. Transparency in party funding prevents and deters corruption and malfeasance, and Read more >

Civil society must rise to the occasion

Civil society organisations (CSOs) come in many forms, some informal and some formal. The latter include non-governmental organisations, community based organisations, or faith-based organisations, among others. They represent a group of individuals who come together for a common purpose, as in to fulfil a particular mandate driven by need. In a policy brief titled Strengthening Read more >

SCA dismisses Zuma, NPA corruption charge appeal

The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) this morning ruled unanimously against President Jacob Zuma and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), who were appealing a High Court ruling of April 2016 which invalidated the 2009 decision to withdraw 783 charges of fraud and corruption against Zuma. Handing down judgment this morning, Justice Eric Leach dismissed the Read more >

Online tool helps companies tackle bribery, corruption

Good governance. Tone from the top. Enabling environment. These are terms we often read about in relation to ethical business practices, but in practical terms, many businesses struggle or lag in developing and implementing these important policies. Transparency International UK (TI UK) has launched a new online tool which provides up-to-date and in-depth guidance for Read more >

Report launch: Mining for Sustainable Development (SA)

Corruption Watch has been part of a global research initiative into risks and vulnerabilities in the mining application process – when mining licenses, contracts and permits are awarded – which give rise to corruption. The initiative, called Mining For Sustainable Development, is driven by Transparency International (TI) and aims to strengthen transparency and accountability in Read more >

Whistleblower teachers are our heroes

Today is World Teachers’ Day and we’re taking the opportunity to salute those teachers who put their duties to their pupils above their own interests, and report corruption. They are our heroes for the week. The 2017 World Teachers’ Day (WTD) marks the 51st anniversary of the adoption of the 1966 International Labour Organization/Unesco Recommendation concerning Read more >

Launch of sustainable mining research report

Join us for the launch of our research report into mining for sustainable development Corruption Watch is one of 20 Transparency International (TI) chapters participating in a new programme that aims to improve transparency and accountability in the extractive industries. The TI Mining for Sustainable Development programme focuses specifically on the start of the mining Read more >