Watchdog group highlights school corruption

The anti-graft organisation Corruption Watch said the number of complaints it had received about wrongdoing at schools had grown “dramatically” in recent months, Leeann Jansen writes in the Mercury. Read the original version here. The body is sitting with more than 200 cases, the majority of which allege maladministration and financial mismanagement on the part Read more >

Corruption Watch adds to calls for Dina Pule to be criminally charged

Corruption Watch calls for the prosecuting authorities to act swiftly and ensure former Communications Minister Dina Pule is held accountable for her alleged unlawful conduct. While welcoming the findings of the Parliamentary Ethics Committee against Pule, Corruption Watch’s executive director David Lewis said criminal charges must be laid against Pule in line with the anti-corruption Read more >

Corruption Watch board censures Vavi

In the light of the media disclosures in recent weeks concerning a woman who is a staff member at the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) head office and Zwelinzima Vavi, a board member of Corruption Watch, an urgent meeting of the Corruption Watch board was convened. On the basis of the facts admitted Read more >

The corruption perceptions

Many South Africans are prepared to act on corruption but the accountability of public servants is a herculean task, Corruption Watch deputy executive director Bongi Mlangeni writes in The New Age. Integrity and political will are some of the essentials in combating corruption in government. Minister of Public Service and Administration, Lindiwe Sisulu, appears to Read more >

Rebuilding trust is the hard part

By Nicola Whittaker The total settlement with 15 companies is in excess of R1.4bn. Aveng, Murray & Roberts, Stefanutti Stocks and WHBO are all individually coughing up in excess of R300m to pay for their sins. Or the sins of their past — and now happily retired — employees, if we are to believe statements Read more >

Collusion is corruption

By David Lewis The past week has been a ­watershed in two related perceptions of corruption in South Africa. The first is that the private sector bears little responsibility for corruption. The second is that no good news regarding corruption ever comes out of the public sector. The notion that the private sector was, at Read more >

Corruption Watch alarmed at State hiding behind a non-binding security policy

Corruption Watch alarmed at State hiding behind a non-binding security policy Corruption Watch finds it particularly disturbing that a non-binding security policy is being used to classify the report into the upgrade of President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla residence ‘top secret’ and therefore hiding its contents from the public. Executive director, David Lewis commented: “Given that Read more >

CW investigations in the news

Two articles featuring the investigative work of Corruption Watch’s media team appeared in national newspapers recently. The first story, published on 29 May by the New Age, related to the suspension of three officials at the JS Moroka municipality in Mpumalanga. The original story was written by CW’s Zaheer Cassim. In the second case, senior Read more >