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Corruption rampant in South Africa – Corruption Watch

By Anine Kilian First published on Engineering News There are a multiplicity of factors that drive corruption in both public and private institutions throughout South Africa, nongovernmental organisation Corruption Watch chairperson Mavuso Msimang said on Tuesday. Addressing delegates at the ninth Chartered Secretaries Southern Africa Corporate Governance conference, in Johannesburg, he highlighted that, in the Read more >

Still waiting for promised RDP houses, nine years later

By Thembela Ntongana First published on GroundUp Nine years ago, families moved from Ezinkomeni to nearby Unit P in Mdantsane, East London’s largest township. They did so on the understanding that RDP houses would be ready for them in six months. Today, they are still living in container homes. Members of the 27 families say Read more >

People’s Tribunal issues call for evidence

 People’s Tribunal on Economic Crime in South Africa Constitution Hill, Johannesburg First hearings: 8-12 November 2017 Given the failure of state institutions to fully investigate allegations of corruption and state capture, members of civil society have today announced the creation of a People’s Tribunal on Economic Crime in South Africa. We urge members of the Read more >

People’s Tribunal: call for information and witnesses

SAVE THE DATE: People’s Tribunal on Economic Crime in South Africa Constitution Hill, Johannesburg First hearings: 8-12 November 2017 The organising committee for the People’s Tribunal on Economic Crime in South Africa hereby invites members of the public to submit information to be presented at the first hearings of the People’s Tribunal in November 2017. Read more >

September 15: International Day of Democracy

September 15 is the International Day of Democracy. The day was first proclaimed on 8 November 2007 with a resolution issued by the UN General Assembly. The aim is to promote and uphold the principles of democracy, a system of government that allows citizens to exercise their power and will directly or through chosen representatives. Read more >

Spy tapes – the never-ending story in SCA today

Update: Zuma and his counsel have conceded that the dropping of charges against him was irrational. The court has reserved judgment and is adjourned. Two days had been set aside for this hearing.   Court is in session in Bloemfontein in the lengthy, on-going saga of the so-called spy tapes. President Jacob Zuma and the Read more >

Parliament can help recruit top leaders for SAPS, Hawks

Corruption Watch and the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) will ask Parliament today to support stricter criteria for recruitment of the South African Police Service (SAPS) national commissioner and head of the Hawks, two of the most important functions in a country with rising crime, violence and corruption. The country’s top cop is currently selected Read more >

How ordinary citizens can punish unethical conduct

By David Lewis First published on Business Day The survey on ethical practices in the auditing and related professions conducted by the Anti-Intimidation and Ethical Practices Forum (of which Corruption Watch is a founding member) is important precisely because of its focus on ethics. The one principle of the rule of law that has been Read more >

South African NGOs question IFC’s investment into Net1

Earlier this week Corruption Watch, Black Sash and Equal Education filed a complaint with the Compliance Advisor / Ombudsman (CAO) of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) regarding the circumstances under which the IFC made a combined equity investment of $107-million in Net1 UEPS Technologies Inc. and its subsidiary, Cash Paymaster Services (Pty) Ltd. The complainants Read more >