Why do some peacekeepers rape?

Al Jazeera recently published an extensive report on accusations of sexual abuse and exploitation against the UN’s peacekeeping unit and what is being done to stop them. It touched on several dynamics of the UN peacekeeping arrangement, where countries provide troops for war-ravaged countries, with the intention of helping the citizens to transition back to Read more >

CW and ISS urge public to participate in police survey

On the eve of the commemoration of the Marikana massacre, Corruption Watch (CW) and the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) have launched a survey encouraging the public to voice their opinions about the skills and attributes they would like to see in the South African Police Service (SAPS) national commissioner and the head of the Read more >

Make your voice heard by taking our TopCops survey

Take our police survey. Corruption Watch and the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) have established a joint public awareness campaign that focuses on the process resulting in the critical appointments of the South African Police Service (SAPS) national commissioner and the head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations (the Hawks). We believe that both Read more >

CW calls for transparency in political party funding

Corruption Watch, in its oral submission made on Tuesday 15 August to the parliamentary Ad Hoc Committee on the Funding of Political Parties, highlights the importance of ensuring transparency in political party funding, in accordance with global conventions. The organisation focuses on three key topics, namely the nature and scope of disclosures and financial reporting Read more >

Youth are not powerless to fight corruption

First published on Transparency International International Youth Day, which was marked last week on 11 August, celebrated the potential and power of young people around the globe to help shape a fairer and more just world.  Many young people are fighting corruption and making a big difference.  And we celebrate all of you. For those Read more >

Osisa report: efficacy of SADC’s anti-corruption bodies

Results of a study on anti-corruption bodies in the Southern African region were released in the region towards the end of July. Titled Effectiveness of Anti-Corruption Agencies in Southern Africa: Angola, Botswana, DRC, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe, the report was commissioned by the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa Read more >

Turning big data in Africa into an anti-corruption tool

By Dr. Elizabeth Dávid-Barrett First posted on the Global Anticorruption Blog Many anti-corruption advocates are excited about the prospects of “big data” helping to detect and deter graft and other forms of malfeasance. As part of a project in this vein, titled Curbing Corruption in Development Aid-Funded Procurement, Mihály Fazekas, Olli Hellmann, and I have Read more >

MPs have constitutional duty to hold executive to account

The long-awaited vote of no confidence – the eighth such effort – against President Jacob Zuma takes place later today under a secret ballot. This follows a Constitutional Court ruling in June that set aside Speaker Baleka Mbete’s initial reasons for not agreeing to a secret ballot. Mbete said her decision was taken with the Read more >

Mbete does the right thing, putting SA’s interests first

First published on Business Day Speaker Baleka Mbete has done exactly the right thing by allowing a secret ballot in the parliamentary vote of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma. Her reasoning clearly echoes the reasoning set out by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng. It weighs and takes into account both sides of the argument: the Read more >