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Arms deal commission, phase one - a summary

The first phase of the arms deal commission is over, and phase two got under way on 21 July. Opinions vary as to the usefulness of phase one's revelations, with some critics saying that nothing new was learned, and others saying that some key facts did emerge.

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Corruption challenges are different for small companies

Big companies have the cash and resources to stop corruption; not so for small companies. But there are interventions that can – and must – be put in place, says Como Blue's Lulama Duma.

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National Lotteries Board taking no chances

The National Lotteries Board is modernising its systems and introducing more accurate fact-checking methods, to ensure that every appeal for funding is legitimate and that all money disbursed will go to a genuine cause.

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Good business ethics should be second nature

Every organisation needs a good ethical culture and compliance with the rules, where the second flows naturally from the first. Monitoring and rating tools developed by Cynthia Schoeman, the subject of our second private sector anti-corruption article, help companies get there.

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Some relief for Eastern Cape schools

In November 2013 Corruption Watch reported on a case of bad service delivery at an Eastern Cape school that had no chairs or desks for its learners. This was not the only school in the province in dire need, but now the chief procurement officer has taken charge and a deadline for delivery of furniture has been set.

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Private sector action against corruption - part one

In our new series, we highlight the ways in which some private companies and organisations are taking up the fight against corruption. Our first subject is Consulting Engineers South Africa, a non-profit organisation and voluntary association, which has put numerous measures into place to ensure that its members engage in corruption-free business.

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Attacks on public protector are unacceptable

Corruption Watch notes with great concern the repeated attacks on the Office of the Public Protector, the latest incident involving comments made by the Justice Portfolio Committee in Parliament last week. The attacks reflect a pattern of disrespect and contempt for a vital institution in South Africa’s constitutional democracy.

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The court's role in fighting corruption

Last month Judge Fritz Brand of the Supreme Court addressed a law symposium, speaking on the role of South African courts in the fight against corruption. His speech touched on the application of the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act of 2004, of the court's powers in the setting aside of executive decisions, of cases reviewed by the court, of the Allpay case against the South African Social Security Agency, and of tender corruption.

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Challenging the system on behalf of refugees

There are a number of civil society organisations that are challenging the system on behalf of refugees and asylum seekers in South Africa, but finding solutions to the problem of corruption at refugee reception centres seems to be an increasingly challenging task.

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Five years on, Phakoe case is still wide open

The release of the formerly convicted killers of Rustenburg councillor and whistleblower Moss Phakoe is a blow to the fight against corruption, as it means that five years later his sacrifice has yet come to nothing - but his family is determined that the case is by no means over.

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