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Tlakula gives up the fight

It has taken a while, but embattled Independent Electoral Commission chairperson Pansy Tlakula has resigned. Tlakula fought tooth and nail against her removal, resisting the public protector, PricewaterhouseCoopers, the Electoral Court, and political parties, who all recommended action against her in the case of a dodgy IEC leasing deal that cost millions more than it should have.

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Spotlight on the public service in September

September is Public Service Month in South Africa, and this year it takes place under the theme Reinventing the way Public Servants Work: Batho Pele "Putting People First". It’s seen as an opportunity to instil and rebuild good ethics, morale and pride in public servants, and to improve the way they work in their quest to deliver quality services to citizens.

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Commission not going to fulfil its mandate?

Inconsistent rulings, hostility towards witnesses, refusal to allow witnesses to depend on documents authored by someone else - these are just a few of the factors that led three prominent arms deal critics and their legal counsel to withdraw from the Seriti Commission.

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Unmask the Corrupt campaign page - South Africa

South Africa joins other Transparency International national chapters in Australia, Brazil, France, Indonesia, Malaysia, Portugal, Russia, Switzerland, the UK, and the US, in launching the global Unmask the Corrupt campaign. The chapters will urge their governments to close legal loopholes that facilitate the transfer of stolen or illicit assets across international borders.

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Unknowingly a house owner - for 16 years

The Department of Human Settlements has been beset by mismanagement and irregularities – in part three of our housing series we read how this affects the ordinary person who desperately wants a roof over their head.

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LHR and clients pull out of Seriti Commission

Lawyers For Human Rights and their clients - Andrew Feinstein, Paul Holden and Hennie van Vuuren - have announced their withdrawal from the Arms Deal Commission, Read their media statement.

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Zuma loses spy tapes appeal

President Jacob Zuma has lost his appeal against the surrender by the National Prosecuting Authority of the so-called spy tapes – the Supreme Court has dismissed that application, with costs, and will make it an order of court that the material is handed over to the Democratic Alliance for scrutiny.

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Parents must get involved in SGB elections

The next round of SGB elections takes place in March 2015 and those elected will be in office for a three-year term ending in 2018. Attendees at the latest Education Conversations, held this week at UJ, agreed that parents need to think carefully about whom they will vote into this position of responsibility.

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Khayelitsha cops unprofessional, inefficient

The Khayelitsha Commission has released its scathing final report, which confirms that the police presence in the Western Cape community has rendered inefficient, discourteous, and unprofessional service. However, the situation is not irreversible, says the commission.

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Papadi Makhetha: housing's anti-fraud champion

Former forensic investigator Papadi Makhetha has headed up the Gauteng human settlement department's anti-fraud and corruption unit since 2008. In that time, she states, she has seen an improvement not only in the functioning of the department, but also in its ongoing work to eliminate internal and external corruption.

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