Whistle-blower ousted while accused principal remains

When wrong-doers are protected, whistle-blowers are often the ones who end up being punished, while the culprit smugly carries on with their shenanigans. So it was in the case of the misbehaving principal vs the school governing body (SGB) of Walter Sisulu Primary School in Olivenhoutbosch, Centurion. Gauteng Education MEC Payaza Lesufi went on national Read more >

No basis for corruption case against me, says Zuma

It was a case of déjà vu on Friday morning when former president Jacob Zuma addressed crowds of his supporters outside the Durban High Court, following his brief appearance in relation to corruption charges reinstated against him by the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) earlier this year. The case against him, he said, should be dropped Read more >

TI Anti-Corruption Award 2018 now open for nominations

Nominations are now open for the 2018 Transparency International (TI) Anti-Corruption Award. Known between 2000 and 2016 as the TI Integrity Award, it recognises the courage and determination of the many remarkable individuals – journalists, public prosecutors, government officials, civil society activists, and more – and organisations fighting corruption around the world. The award may be Read more >

SA’s state office bearers must keep moral compass steady

By David Lewis First published in Business Day Given that burgeoning corruption was the principal basis for removing the Zuma government, progress on this front features prominently in the assessments of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s first 100 days in office. Short-term gains in tackling corruption are important and, some disappointments notwithstanding, the new administration has done Read more >

Lack of accountability shows in MFMA audit results

Released in Parliament last week by auditor-general (AG) Kimi Makwetu, the 2016-2017 local government audit results present a bleak picture. The AG attributes the overall deterioration in local municipality audit results and lack of compliance with the Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA) to advice and warnings that were largely not heeded. Part one of our Read more >

SOE shakeup in Ramaphosa’s first 100 days

As the image and governance standards of South Africa’s state owned entities (SOEs) are being restored by the recent appointments of new boards by Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, and the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture hits the ground running, we marked the first 100 days of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s administration. His term so Read more >

New top cop an organised crime specialist

Veteran policeman Dr Seswantsho Godfrey Lebeya has been around the block, several times – and last week he was named as the new head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DCPI), or Hawks. Photo © Godfrey Lebeya. Lebeya is not only a distinguished former police officer with over 30 years of experience, but he Read more >

State capture commission almost up and running

By Kwazi Dlamini The Commission of Inquiry into State Capture is well on its way towards uncovering the extent of and consequences of the looting from the state that happened under former president Jacob Zuma’s administration. This reassurance was expressed by the commission’s chairperson, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo. On Thursday Zondo briefed the media Read more >