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Four reasons why corruption matters

By Oliver Bullough First published on Al Jazeera More than a trillion dollars are stolen from the world’s poorest countries every year, which is such a vast sum that it is hard to visualise. That amount of money would get you Apple, with enough left over to buy every sterling-denominated note or coin in circulation. Read more >

Time for govts to accept that civil society is not the enemy

By Cathal Gilbert First published on Al Jazeera There is a growing list of critical problems in the G20’s inbox, namely a faltering global economy, terrorist threats in a majority of G20 member states, and a patched-up climate change agreement. Solving these problems will take more than 20 heads of state and their economic ministers. Read more >

NACS discussion document: what’s it about?

The South African government planned to release its draft national anti-corruption strategy (NACS) on International Anti-Corruption Day, 9 December, last year. The document was delayed until 14 May, when it was launched to a lukewarm response from the nation. Last year Corruption Watch was engaged in the process that prepared the draft, along with other Read more >

Corruption Challenges Index: unexpected result for SA

There can be no doubt that South Africa is grappling with serious public and private sector corruption issues at present, issues that are undermining the population’s faith in government and corporates alike, and denting the economy as well as the country’s image. Several indexes are released each year that present the worldwide corruption situation in Read more >

Don’t let corruption in SA become normalised

It is not true that corruption has no victims, writes William Gumede, associate professor at Wits University’s School of Governance. Rather, it causes “disastrously inefficient economic, social and political outcomes” – among others, it diverts public resources from critical development projects to less productive, less job creation and less growth spurring ones, discourages long-term investment, Read more >

Edelman: governments, CEOs, media distrusted globally

The 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer (ETB) — the 17th — was conducted online in 28 countries with over 33 000 respondents, of whom 1 150 were South African. This year, those South Africans’ distrust in government dropped even lower than last year’s almost negligible 16%, to 15%, and it is still the least trusted of Read more >

Jonas Makwakwa still under a cloud at SA’s tax agency

South African Revenue Service (Sars) second-in-command Jonas Makwakwa remained under suspension as the investigation into the “suspicious and unusual” cash payments made into his bank accounts had not yet been completed, the tax authority said on Monday. The investigation is being undertaken by law firm Hogan Lovells. Sars commissioner Tom Moyane has indicated that Sars Read more >

Government – for the few, by the few

A new nine-country survey by the Pew Research Center (PRC), a US non-profit organisation, has found a common perception that government is run for the benefit of the few rather than the many‚ both in emerging democracies and more mature democracies that have faced economic challenges. The survey probes the strengths and limitations of civic Read more >

Public trust in government dwindles

In an election year, it’s often a no-holds-barred scenario as parties jostle for advantage amongst the electorate. In South Africa, much of that electorate votes out of loyalty or tradition, but for a significant proportion who take time and care over their decision, it comes down to trust – whom do you trust to act Read more >