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Keeping you up-to-date with information from around the country: highlighting news about corruption; drawing attention to statistics and perceptions; and pointing out the activities of our watch-dog bodies.

Civil society organisations challenge High Court

Corruption Watch is one of 11 civil society groups intervening as amici curiae in a challenge to a High Court judgment relating to the City of Cape Town’s dispute with Sanral. The organisations are concerned that the judgment, handed down in August 2014 by Judge Ash­ley Binns-Ward, will limit media freedom and access to High Court records, and threaten democracy.

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School governing bodies have vital role to play

The school governing body runs the school: it makes and enforces school policy; it can decide on subject choice; it is responsible for the school's finances. This partnership arrangement also means that the SGB is required to supplement the resources provided to the school by the state - any community member can serve on an SGB, and while they can't vote, they can lend their skills and expertise to the school.

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Global corruption snapshots: 20 Feb 2015

Russia: Moscow's city government is using a comic book to educate officials on how to avoid corrupt practices. The book, called Combating Corruption, has so far been used to teach 30 000 civil servants not to take bribes.

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Annual report 2014 - corruption is growing

Corruption Watch's annual report for 2014 reveals that corruption is alive and well and many of its perpetrators continue to go unpunished, but that there are a growing number of people who simply refuse to allow that to happen - as seen in the 17% increase in reports received, compared to the year before.

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CW Youth Campaign - My Hands Are Clean

My Hands Are Clean, the Corruption Watch theme for 2014/2015, calls on young people to commit to taking responsibility for their own actions, to stop the scourge of corruption in our society. We're calling on all corruption fighters to make a public, positive stand against corruption!

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Sona corruption claims unpacked

President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation address “underplays public concerns about corruption” and his statements were not put into an accurate context, says Africa Check, an organisation that promotes accuracy in public debate and the media.

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Corruption lower on Sona agenda than before

In his 2015 State of the Nation address, President Jacob Zuma dithered around the topic of corruption, which is a major concern for many South Africans. Without singling out anti-corruption institutions as he has done in the past, Zuma merely spoke vaguely about the anti-corruption inter-ministerial committee's work.

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Reveal beneficial owners of firms to stem graft

The South African government would do well to start insisting on full disclosure of beneficial ownership, writes Corruption Watch executive director David Lewis - especially those companies from whom they procure.

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Integrity unit to keep eye on govt - part three

Part three of our series on the Public Administration Management Act takes a closer look at the proposed ethics and integrity unit which is provided for in the legislation. The unit has authority in all tiers of government, but how extensive are its powers to implement recommendations or pursue sanctions?

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Global corruption snapshots: 12 Feb 2015

Millions of shillings are changing hands between people seeking national identity cards and registration officials in northern Kenya, a task force investigating double registration heard this week. Read this and other stories on corruption from around the world.

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