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.
The rot of corruption feeds on impunity of the powerful
Corruption in the government, and the private sector, is exacerbated because those who commit it can do so without much fear of reprisals, writes David Lewis, Corruption Watch's executive director. The way to tackle this problem is for the media, NGOs and ordinary people to keep up the pressure for investigations and punishment.READ MORE
Corruption steals from youth’s future prospects
Young people would take part in a march, if given the chance, to show their unhappiness with the corruption in South Africa. This was revealed in a recent online poll undertaken by Corruption Watch, focusing on the youth.READ MORE
SA youth, take your place!
DJ Sbu has made a call to South Africa's young people to not stand idly by while corruption eats away at their future prospects. He urges them to go out and do something about it!READ MORE
Media also needs to clean up its act
The Integrity and Corruption in the Media conference took place in Johannesburg on 4 and 5 June. Various topics were covered, including the loss of credibility of the media, corruption’s role in this situation, and the need for higher standards of accuracy, fairness, ethics and professionalism, especially among watchdog media.READ MORE
We're hiring a head of communications!
Corruption Watch is looking to recruit a head of communications, who will be based in our Braamfontein office. The successful applicant will be in charge of developing our communications strategy, managing media relations and service providers, overseeing the Corruption Watch brand, and managing our digital platforms.READ MORE
Weapons disappearing from police custody
Weapons in the possession of the South African Police Force, and earmarked for destruction, were part of the large arms cache discovered ten days ago in a Johannesburg suburb. How they left the custody of the police force is not yet known, but corruption is suspected.READ MORE
Municipalities improve corruption-reporting process
Protection for whistleblowers who report corruption within a municipality has been reinforced, thanks to new regulations that come into effect in July, and the number of government entities to which the corruption must be reported has been increased.READ MORE
LHR hits arms commission snag
Lawyers for Human Rights ran into an obstacle at the arms deal commission last week – the organisation could not effectively cross-examine Rear Admiral Jonathan Kamerman on his technical knowledge of the purchase of corvettes forming part of the multibillion-rand arms deal and the allegations of corruption against him.READ MORE
Corruption fuels cyber-crime in SA
Corruption in South Africa is fuelling the problem of cyber-crime. According to a forensic scientist from the SIU, the human element in organisations is easier to breach than firewalls or alarm systems - but there are ways to mitigate the risk.READ MORE
New Cabinet appointments a mixed bag
For the bad news think Bheki Cele and Tina Joemat-Pettersson, for the good news think Pravin Gordhan and Lindiwe Sisulu - some of the ministers and deputies in Jacob Zuma's new executive have questionable credentials going into powerful public office posts, while some are expected to restore the faith of citizens.READ MORE