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Maphatsoe must be fired, Mr President

Following allegations levelled at the public protector, Thuli Madonsela, by the deputy minister of defence and military veterans Kebby Maphatsoe, and the release of his so-called apology yesterday, Corruption Watch calls for President Jacob Zuma to demonstrate clearly where government stands by immediately firing Maphatsoe.

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Public procurement must get smarter

According to the office of the chief procurement officer, the government plans to address issues in its procurement system, including include a lack of standardisation of common goods, the fragmented and decentralised nature of public procurement, and the duplication of procurement efforts.

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Secrecy a threat to our democracy

The Right2Know (R2K) Campaign has just released its Secret State of the Nation Report 2014, which addresses certain worrying trends, patterns and problems around secrecy in South Africa. These include Paia, Rica, political party funding, and the so-called Secrecy Bill.

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Woods: there is a "high probability" of corruption

Former Scopa chairperson Gavin Woods, who took the stand at the Seriti Commission on 2 September, hoped to convince the commissioners that there was a “high probability that corruption took place”.

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Fighting corruption an ongoing struggle

International Transparency Day may have gone largely unnoticed. But for civil society organisation Corruption Watch, it’s a chance to call for the unmasking of the corrupt, writes investigative journalist Candice Bailey.

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Corruption in fishing permit-granting process?

After unprecedented numbers of fishermen were left jobless following South Africa's recent permitting process, some are blaming a lack of transparency and possible corruption. A new article by Journalists for Transparency probes the matter.

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Seriti Commission not fair or consistent

The withdrawal of Lawyers for Human Rights and their clients from the Seriti Commission would “further erode any credibility the commission might have had left”, says Constitutional expert Professor Pierre de Vos.

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Tlakula gives up the fight

It has taken a while, but embattled Independent Electoral Commission chairperson Pansy Tlakula has resigned. Tlakula fought tooth and nail against her removal, resisting the public protector, PricewaterhouseCoopers, the Electoral Court, and political parties, who all recommended action against her in the case of a dodgy IEC leasing deal that cost millions more than it should have.

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Spotlight on the public service in September

September is Public Service Month in South Africa, and this year it takes place under the theme Reinventing the way Public Servants Work: Batho Pele "Putting People First". It’s seen as an opportunity to instil and rebuild good ethics, morale and pride in public servants, and to improve the way they work in their quest to deliver quality services to citizens.

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Commission not going to fulfil its mandate?

Inconsistent rulings, hostility towards witnesses, refusal to allow witnesses to depend on documents authored by someone else - these are just a few of the factors that led three prominent arms deal critics and their legal counsel to withdraw from the Seriti Commission.

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