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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.

AG: no penalties for officials who abuse systems

Wasteful expenditure and the flouting of procurement processes in government will continue because there are simply no consequences for errant officials who abuse systems without shame. This is the view of auditor-general Kimi Makwetu, who on Wednesday presented the audit results of the country’s national and provincial government departments for the previous financial year.

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How will SA fare in the 2014 CPI?

Transparency International’s 20th Corruption Perceptions Index will be released on 3 December. Last year South Africa showed no notable improvement over its mediocre score from the year before - will the country manage to do better than the global average this year? Watch this space on 3 December to find out.

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Corruption’s role in the grim trade of humans

The perpetuation of the grim trade of human trafficking is strongly linked to corruption, which is present in all stages of the supply chain. In this article we shed light on the role that corruption plays, and South Africa's slack response to clamping down on the trade.

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Arms deal's Hlongwane to testify today

Fana Hlongwane – the arms deal playboy known by the nickname of “Styles” – is set to take the stand at the Arms Procurement Commission to answer to allegations of backhanders and corruption. The one-time advisor to former defence minister Joe Modise is accused by arms critics of having made hundreds of millions from the arms deal for “consultancy services”.

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Justice for Lawrence Moepi

The killers of Lawrence Moepi learnt on Thursday that they would spend the rest of their lives in jail for their crime, just over a year after they brutally shot the forensic auditor at his workplace in Johannesburg. His murder was originally thought to be work-related, but it turns out that the man who pulled the trigger was previously involved with Moepi's partner.

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Global corruption snapshots: 20 Nov 2014

Morocco is bringing puppet shows and comics to schools, as part of a new project to raise awareness about the dangers of corruption. Abdesselam Aboudrar, president of the Central Authority for the Prevention of Corruption, is confident that the initiative launched on October 21st will help foster a culture of ethics and integrity among young people throughout the kingdom.

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No consciences in social grant fraud

As this week is International Fraud Awareness Week, we focus on instances of fraud in South Africa’s billion-rand social grant system. From nurses, doctors and social workers to non-existent grant recipients, the perpetrators are numerous, but new controls are aimed at slowly but surely weeding them out.

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A step towards elimination of secret companies

Corruption Watch executive director David Lewis chatted to Moneyweb in the wake of the news that the G20 has adopted strict new principles to tackle money laundering and undisclosed beneficial ownership.

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Chippy Shaik's testimony full of denials

Chippy Shaik's testimony at the Arms Procurement Commission last week produced no revelations. He denied that he was guilty of soliciting bribes, manipulating tender decisions or ensuring that his brother Schabir benefited improperly from the multi-billion-rand acquisition of defence equipment.

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G20 beneficial ownership principles: six points to note

This weekend in Brisbane, G20 leaders adopted new high level principles on beneficial ownership transparency, declaring that financial transparency - particularly the transparency of beneficial ownership - was a "high priority". But just how good are these principles? Here are six take-home points.

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