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Minions merely follow the leader

When public officials misbehave and abuse their power, it's not enough for them to simply resign, writes Corruption Watch's Kabelo Sedupane. They must face the full consequences of the law, and suffer an appropriate penalty - merely resigning is taking the easy way out.

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Respond to subpoena, or face criminal charges

It's still undecided whether arms deal critics Hennie van Vuuren, Andrew Feinstein and Paul Holden will appear before the Seriti Commission as they have been ordered to do - or whether they will stand by their recent withdrawal from proceedings and risk criminal prosecution.

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Misconduct probe at KZN's Avon Junior Primary

The KwaZulu-Natal education department has admitted failing to take stern action against a Durban principal who is alleged to have mismanaged school funds for more than six years.

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Negotiating the RDP rules and regulations

Corruption Watch is helping one of our reporters to deregister his previous RDP claim - John Twala was allocated a house 16 years ago, but nobody told him about it until recently. Now he can't reapply, because on record he already is a beneficiary.

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Local govt going back to basics

The second presidential local government summit, which took place in Midrand on 18 September, promised action in transforming the performance of municipalities from mediocre, in many cases, to excellent, and ensuring that efficient municipalities remain that way.

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TI: national security, transparency can co-exist

A new report released by Transparency International UK’s Defence and Security Programme probes the issue of freedom of information and its implications in considerations of national security. South Africa is one of 15 countries assessed by the team, and results show that it is not the only country walking the fine line between national security and the right to know.

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Cabinet's first 100 days sees some progress

Last week the new Cabinet marked its first 100 days in office. Ministers have been busy announcing improvements in the way their departments operate - such as the modernisation and organisation of the RDP housing database, and registration, training and development for correctional services personnel in an effort to professionalise that sector.

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Maphatsoe must be fired, Mr President

Following allegations levelled at the public protector, Thuli Madonsela, by the deputy minister of defence and military veterans Kebby Maphatsoe, and the release of his so-called apology yesterday, Corruption Watch calls for President Jacob Zuma to demonstrate clearly where government stands by immediately firing Maphatsoe.

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Public procurement must get smarter

According to the office of the chief procurement officer, the government plans to address issues in its procurement system, including include a lack of standardisation of common goods, the fragmented and decentralised nature of public procurement, and the duplication of procurement efforts.

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Secrecy a threat to our democracy

The Right2Know (R2K) Campaign has just released its Secret State of the Nation Report 2014, which addresses certain worrying trends, patterns and problems around secrecy in South Africa. These include Paia, Rica, political party funding, and the so-called Secrecy Bill.

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