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Protector to work more closely with state

The public protector and the state are to work more closely together to clamp down on maladministration and corruption, said Thuli Madonsela at the launch of her office's 2014 stakeholder dialogue. Which is just as well, because the 2013 Quality of Life survey, carried out in Gauteng by Wits University, has revealed that almost 90% of residents are worried about corruption.

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Nkandla: Zuma's report four months late

President Jacob Zuma has submitted his long-overdue response to the public protector’s Nkandla report - four months after Thuli Madonsela's deadline. He has managed to pass the buck on the matter of repayment, stating that he wishes the minister of police to make the call.

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Mmanaledi Mataboge: taking on the big guns

Mmanaledi Mataboge is the Mail & Guardian's political editor. A veteran of years of experience in print media, television and radio, she views corruption as a cancer which has been allowed to become entrenched in South African society because of the government's soft stance towards it.

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Staff turnover at the Seriti Commission

Since the Seriti Commission was established in 2011, it has seen numerous staff members coming and going - some even before proceedings got under way. Last month two more senior members of the team resigned - but what effect will this have on the commission's work?

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Arms deal lessons of more value than cancellations

Author, academic and arms deal critic Raenette Taljaard is as passionate as the next person about uncovering the truth behind the multi-billion purchases - but rather than demanding cancellations and criminal charges, she hopes that valuable lessons will be learned, which will be applied to future defence procurements.

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Mdluli fraud charges finally stick

The evasive Richard Mdluli, former head of police crime intelligence, has been formally charged in the Johannesburg High Court with kidnapping, assault and defeating the ends of justice - but the murder charge that hangs over his head has still not been reinstated.

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Pursuit of corruption has its inspiring moments

If you tolerate corruption, that’s what you’ll get, says Corruption Watch’s executive director David Lewis in this opinion piece. But a united and outspoken citizenry has more power than it realises to make a difference.

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Gabriella Razzano: evangelist for openness

Transparency is fundamental to a democratic state – but truth is often lost in murky systems and fear of reprisal. Open Democracy Advice Centre is directly involved in the Protected Disclosures Act Amendment Bill that will provide greater protection to whistle-blowers in a real and fundamental way.

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Good and bad of audit reports

There was some cause for celebration in the auditor-general's latest municipal audit report: 9% of municipalities received clean audits, up from 5% in 2012. But there was also cause for concern, particularly regarding the high use of consultants and supply chain mismanagement.

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Strengthening prosecutorial accountability in SA

The Institute for Security Studies recently published on its website a paper that argues the need for an oversight and accountability mechanism for the National Prosecuting Authority. As gatekeepers to the criminal justice system, says author Martin Schönteich, prosecutors are its most powerful officials whose decisions affect the lives and fate of thousands of criminal suspects.

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