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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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All kinds of corruption in the arms deal

South Africa’s controversial R71-million arms deal, finalised in 1999, was characterised by various forms of corruption, including bribes, dodgy and secret share transactions, gift-giving and post-employment.

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Market inquiry into the private healthcare sector

The Competition Commission’s market inquiry into the private healthcare sector commenced on 6 January 2014 and is expected to conclude by 30 November 2015. The commission is initiating this inquiry because it has reason to believe that some aspects of the sector prevent, distort or restrict competition. Follow the developments on our dedicated page.

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Risk assessment key to anti-bribery compliance

A recent survey by legal firm ENS Africa has revealed that many companies across Africa are better equipped to deal with anti-corruption regulators than they are to actually curb the crime. Only 19% of companies surveyed admitted that they have never conducted an anti-bribery risk assessment.

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Wise words from young corruption busters

Youngsters from 10 schools in the Free State showcased their organising, campaigning, creative writing and debating skills in the inaugural Model School South Africa challenge, which focused on corruption in schools. Read our article to find out what they had to say in their essays.

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Protecting our constitutional democracy

Speaking at Unisa over the weekend, public protector Thuli Madonsela advised public figures not to give people cause to doubt the authority and legitimacy of Chapter 9 institutions - such as hers - that support democracy, as this will increase the possibility of people taking to the streets when they were unhappy with how the state advanced their human rights.

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