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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.

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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Prison corruption taking us backwards

Gangs, violence, "toll fees", starvation, selling of juveniles for rape by older prisoners – life in South African prisons is mired in crime, often perpetrated by warders. In some prisons, the gangs are said to openly run the institutions. At stake are the rule of law and the human rights of prisoners.

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Arms deal: seven facts that aren’t going away

A recurring line from those trying to dismiss allegations of corruption in the arms deal is: “Show us the evidence.” This article from Right2Know presents seven pieces of evidence that have already been proven through investigations or accepted in a court of law.

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Nicky Rehbock: our woman in Berlin

Working for Transparency International has given former Corruption Watch editor Nicky Rehbok a global perspective on corruption – and in some cases, the issue in South Africa seems mild by comparison, she says. That's no reason for complacency, but we should appreciate the gains we have made.

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Gordhan questions the rules

Smaller municipalities should not have to meet the same standards of governance as larger metros; the same rigour is needed but not the same complexity, the minister says in response to the auditor-general's latest report on local government.

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Government keen to clean up its housing image

Our new series on housing takes a closer look at some of the problems that the Department of Human Settlements must address, notes what our reporters are alleging about corruption in the system, and examines the allocation policy of the Gauteng provincial government.

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Op-ed: How the Seriti Commission is failing

This opinion piece by Right2Know journalist and researcher Kholiswa Tyiki takes a critical look at the Seriti Commission's seeming reluctance to make crucial documents available to cross-examiners, and calls for more public participation and pressure for the full truth to be revealed.

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SA mining at high risk for corruption

South Africa has been slow in prosecuting foreign acts of bribery, and this situation has put its mining industry at a greater risk of corruption growing and spreading. Given the specific aspects and geographic locations of most mining operations, there is significant scope for corruption in the sector in Africa generally.

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