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SCA dismisses Zuma, NPA corruption charge appeal

The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) this morning ruled unanimously against President Jacob Zuma and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), who were appealing a High Court ruling of April 2016 which invalidated the 2009 decision to withdraw 783 charges of fraud and corruption against Zuma. Handing down judgment this morning, Justice Eric Leach dismissed the Read more >

Corruption in South Africa: a view from the front line

First published on Transparency International UK David Lewis, executive director of TI’s chapter in South Africa, Corruption Watch, reflects on the country’s current situation and the tools available to civil society to fight back against corruption. When, in the period leading to the formation of Corruption Watch, I traipsed around South Africa and the world 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 >

Anti-corruption strategy success not guaranteed

Today is International Anti-Corruption Day. To coincide with the worldwide event, the government is hosting an gathering that focuses on its draft national anti-corruption strategy (NACS). The document was supposed to have been released today, but the long-awaited moment has been delayed. Corruption Watch’s executive director David Lewis attended the event. Read his speech below: Read more >

Spy tapes saga plods on and on

The matter of the spy tapes involving President Jacob Zuma is far from over. It is in fact headed for the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein, thanks to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA). Zuma’s lawyers filed his answering affidavit to the SCA at the end of August, effectively challenging the North Gauteng High Read more >

Mrwebi, Jiba struck off advocates’ roll

UPDATE: Nomgcobo Jiba has said that she will appeal the decision of the North Gauteng High Court. The National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) Nomgcobo Jiba and Lawrence Mrwebi have been struck off the roll of advocates, thanks to an application by the General Council of the Bar (GCB). In mid-2015 the council brought its application to the North Read more >

CW makes submissions on NSPCA case in ConCourt

Update: Corruption Watch is making submissions today in the Constitutional Court in the case brought by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty (NSPCA) to Animals against Justice Minister Michael Masutha and Shaun Abrahams, the national director of public prosecutions. The NSPCA’s case arose out of a 2010 case in which a camel was Read more >

NPA to appeal spy tapes judgment

National director of public prosecutions Shaun Abrahams on Monday announced that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) will appeal the ruling of the North Gauteng High Court judgment on the so-called spy tapes and possible re-instatement of corruption charges against Jacob Zuma. The judgment – handed down on 29 April – set aside the 2009 decision Read more >

The case against Nomgcobo Jiba

Wondering what all the fuss is around Nomgcobo Jiba, the recently appointed deputy head of national prosecutions? Read this absorbing piece by writer Rian Malan to discover why Corruption Watch and other organisations feel she is not fit to hold the position. Spare a thought for South African journalists, reduced to peering into murk and Read more >