Holding power to account in the school governing body

He came, he learned, and now he leads. In early May this year, soon after the end of the national school governing body (SGB) elections held across South Africa, *Jomo Sithole visited the Corruption Watch office with a lot of questions and an eager mind. He was determined to learn as much as he could Read more >

CW celebrates today’s ConCourt ruling on Abrahams’ appointment

Corruption Watch (CW) celebrates today’s ruling in the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) that invalidates former president Jacob Zuma’s appointment of Shaun Abrahams as the national director of public prosecutions (NDPP). The court found that the manner in which Abrahams’ predecessor, Mxolisi Nxasana, was removed from office was unconstitutional and invalid, thus rendering Abrahams’ subsequent appointment invalid. Read more >

ConCourt confirms invalidity of Abrahams’ appointment as NDPP

Justice Mbuyiseli Madlanga today handed down judgment in the Constitutional Court, in the matter of the position of the national director of public prosecutions (NDPP). Corruption Watch, Freedom Under Law and later, the Council for Advancement of the South African Constitution, had challenged – successfully – the legality of the termination of former NDPP Mxolisi Read more >

CW’s 2018 Analysis of Corruption Trends report – now available

In 2017 we released our first Analysis of Corruption Trends (ACT) report, which identified five common areas where corruption frequently occurs – in schools, local municipalities, the South African Police Service (SAPS), licensing centres and traffic departments. This year’s ACT report, titled It’s Time to Act, shows more of the same. More abuse of power Read more >

Corrupt people care little for those who are vulnerable and poor

By Melusi Ncala First published in City Press The real, unavoidable tragedy of corruption in any society is its sociopolitical effect. The poor lose out and the well connected, politically or otherwise, gain at their expense. This is notable in Transparency International’s 2017 study, which links corruption and socio-economic disparities based on the Corruption Perception Read more >

No country for honest men

By Mzukisi Makatse First published on Politicsweb OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT CYRIL RAMAPHOSA Dear President Ramaphosa, I am an ordinary citizen of no particular significance except for my love and commitment to a functional South Africa and its people. As a result of my ordinary status, I understand that this letter and its contents may Read more >

Forensic probe to be launched into MalaMala land claim

In January 2016 we reported on the shady MalaMala land settlement deal and a joint investigation into the matter by Oxpeckers and Transparency International’s Land and Corruption in Africa programme. Questions were raised regarding the value of the deal, the speed at which it was pushed through, and the secrecy surrounding the proceedings. At the Read more >