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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.

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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Kayla Norsworthy is leading by example

Corruption in the government soured her first vote, but young environmental activist Kayla Norsworthy is confident that young people can make a difference. To get them on board, she is driving R2K Youth, a new division of the campaign that fights for access to information and an end to secrecy.

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Revive plan for bureau to root out corruption

New Public Service and Administration Minister Collins Chabane appears to be confronting head-on his department’s task of transforming the public service into an "effective service delivery machine".

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Corrupt officials make life tough for refugees

Under the Refugees Amendment Act, asylum-seekers have rights in South Africa. In part two of our refugee series we learn that their rights are often violated by the very people who are employed to help them – officials from home affairs and police, and security personnel.

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Well run businesses resist local and global corruption

South African businesses operating in and out of the country face numerous challenges, including the pressure of engaging in corruption to win business. The second Corruption Watch/Gibs business colloquium, held last night in Johannesburg, addressed this problem and suggested ways in which to avoid it.

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Lwando Mzandisi and the fight for good education

Disturbed by the inequality between public schools in different areas, and driven to improve education for all, Lwando Mzandisi is an active member of Equal Education. He's our second young activist to be profiled, and once qualified as a teacher, he plans to be part of the solution.

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CW welcomes the SIU’s bold Usaasa move

Corruption Watch welcomes the decision by the Special Investigating Unit to approach the Pretoria High Court to set aside the controversial appointment of Zami Nkosi, CEO of the parastatal Universal Service Access Agency of South Africa, and says that this approach to the court already vindicates courageous whistle-blowers who have spoken up.

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Working with young minds for change

Lack of communication is one of the reasons corruption prevails; after all, silence is consent. Through Debate Afrika, young people are learning the critical skills that will allow our society to overcome this scourge. Part one of our series on young activists for social change profiles Debate Afrika's co-founder Zola Valashiya.

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To serve the public with dignity and integrity

The UN has declared 23 June as the annual Public Service Day. Across Africa, it is referred to as Africa Public Service Day, and its goals are to reward excellence in the public sector, motivate public servants to greater innovation, and enhance professionalism in the public service, among others.

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Refugees: at the mercy of corruption

Those seeking refugee status in South Africa need not pay for the services rendered - but when unscrupulous officials are in charge, often this is not the case. Today, 20 June, is World and Africa Refugee Day, and we publish the first of a three-part series of stories that details the plight of asylum seekers in South Africa.

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