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.
Why is corruption getting worse in South Africa?
An opinion piece by Gareth Newham, head of the Governance, Crime and Justice Division at the Institute of Security Studies in Pretoria, in which he says that corruption committed by politicians and government officials is driving negative public perceptions.READ MORE
Reinstating Mpisane charges is Nxasana’s call
The decision on whether or not fraud and corruption charges against Durban businesswoman Shauwn Mpisane will be reinstated lies with the national director of public prosecutions Mxolisi Nxasana. The charges against Mpisane were dropped this week.READ MORE
More construction civil claims on the cards
The Competition Tribunal has received new applications for certificates against unscrupulous construction companies, which means that more civil claims could be coming up.READ MORE
Help make our voice count!
A Corruption Watch idea is one of 196 in the public voting round in the annual Making All Voices Count global innovation competition. Vote for our idea by 30 January!READ MORE
Arms deal commission to resume
The two-man Arms Procurement Commission, or the Seriti Commission, resumes on 20 January and will continue until 16 May. Witnesses expected to testify in this round include former president Thabo Mbeki, Minister Trevor Manuel, and former defence officials including Ronnie Kasrils and Mosiuoa Lekota.READ MORE
The rise of civil society groups in Africa
From Tunisia to South Africa, civil society groups have risen up in recent years to become major actors in the fight against corruption, both nationally and on the global stage.READ MORE
Mpumalanga DoH extends circumcision probe
Following an investigation by Corruption Watch, the Mpumalanga Department of Health has extended its probe into a multi-million rand contract awarded to Mkhago Health Care Services as part of the province’s Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision programme.READ MORE
The corruption year ahead
With a bunch of high-profile corruption stories making newspaper headlines in 2013, South Africans have had a lot to read about. But there’s more to come – in 2014 we expect several cases to be wrapped up in court, and there’s the public protector’s Nkandla report, due out some time this month.READ MORE
2013 Corruption Snapshots
2013 has been a year tainted with allegations of corruption of all kinds, many of which made newspaper headlines across the country. Corruption Watch takes a look at this year’s big corruption-related stories.READ MORE
Archbishop Ndungane to head CW board
Corruption Watch’s board of directors has expanded – the new members are Vusi Pikoli, Alice L. Brown and Emma Mashinini. The board also has a new chairperson, Anglican Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane, who takes over from Vuyiseka Dubula, secretary general of the Treatment Action Campaign. Dubula served in this position for almost two years and remains a board member.READ MORE