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EE acts against poor school support from government

Equal Education has stepped up its campaign to get the Department of Basic Education to urgently attend to schools that need new infrastructure or infrastructure upgrades. The organisation has been fighting for minimum norms and standards for school infrastructure for several years.

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Success in legal challenge to Sanral secrecy ruling

The Supreme Court yesterday ruled in favour of a challenge mounted by the City of Cape Town, Corruption Watch, the Right2Know Campaign, the South African National Editors Forum, the Legal Resources Centre and other groups, against a high court ruling regarding secrecy around Sanral's proposed Western Cape toll roads.

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A further Sassa judgment handed down

The Constitutional Court has handed down judgment in an application for the review of a request for proposals relating to a R10-billion public procurement tender for the payment of social grants.

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Arms suppliers deny bribery and corruption

It’s the turn of arms suppliers to testify at the Arms Procurement Commission. Representatives from ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems and Agusta have denied allegations of bribery and corruption. Swedish supplier Saab will testify in mid-April.

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SGBs succeed with transparency, trust and teamwork

When the school governing body system works, it works very well. When it doesn’t, the consequences are disastrous. Former SGB chairperson Thabo Shole-Mashao shares his views on what makes a successful SGB, provides insight into methods that have worked for him, and calls for more support from government.

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#MyHandsAreClean … are yours?

Since the launch of the #MyHandsAreClean campaign in February, hand photos have been tweeted by the Transparency International movement around the world – from Cambodia to Croatia, France to Pakistan and Peru to Tunisia – as well as by friends from other organisations like Accountability Lab, Amnesty International and Global Integrity.

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Charges reinstated against Mdluli, Barnard

For years Richard Mdluli, the former head of police crime intelligence, has evaded justice relating to charges of, among others, murder, attempted murder, assault, fraud, corruption and money laundering – the former and latter three relate to separate matters. But the National prosecuting Authority is not going to let him get away with the latter three, at least, and has reinstated the charges that were withdrawn in 2011.

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Venerable child welfare organisation under scrutiny

Corruption Watch is involved in an investigation of the director of the Johannesburg Child Welfare. The allegations include mismanagement of the NGO’s funds; the flouting of supply chain procedures; and the abuse of its resources for her own personal gain, among others.

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Youth learn from their elders about corruption

For some young South Africans the perception has been created that a job in government means access to lucrative business and an easy way to make money, writes Lauren Tracey. But they need to know that there are consequences for perpetrators of corruption, and that they can play an active role in the fight against corruption.

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Young: fake prices, conflict of interest, and more

Arms deal whistleblower Richard Young, testifying this week before the Arms Procurement Commission, has said that he knew that there was something wrong, before any contracts were awarded. Young was one of the losing bidders for defence software, and for years has been on a mission to find the truth about the arms deal.

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