Bank of Baroda played key role in SA’s Gupta scandal

By Khadija Sharife (OCCRP) and Josy Joseph (The Hindu) First published on OCCRP India’s state-owned Bank of Baroda – one of the country’s largest – played a crucial role in the financial machinations of South Africa’s politically influential Gupta family, allowing them to move hundreds of millions of dollars originating in alleged dirty deals into Read more >

SANParks, Wiese involved in dodgy Namibian rhino deal

By John Grobler and Khadija Sharife First published on OCCRP Major gaps between South African and Namibian legislation that regulates the endangered species trade allowed for the sale of at least 13 white rhino bulls from a South African game park to a Russian big game hunting outfit in Namibia. Nine of these rhinos were Read more >

SA continues to keep dubious company on CPI

Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2017, released today, shows just how difficult it is to advance on the global ranking of countries in relation to perceptions about levels of corruption in the public sector. South Africa’s score of 43 represents a drop of two points from 45 in 2016 – a marginal shift, it Read more >

2017 CPI: SA back to the position of five years ago

Released today, Transparency International’s (TI) Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2017 shows a high corruption burden in more than two-thirds of the 180 countries surveyed – and anti-corruption action is not keeping pace. Despite global attempts to combat corruption, the majority of countries are moving too slowly in their efforts, says TI. While stemming the tide Read more >

Unearthing corruption risks in mining approvals

In October Corruption Watch launched our research report on corruption in the mining approvals process. The report focused specifically on the start of the mining chain of events, where permits are sought and granted and decisions are made about when, where and under what circumstances mining can occur, according to a rigorous set of procedures Read more >

TI releases governance principles for SOEs

South Africa’s state-owned enterprises (SOEs) are not what could be described as the pride of the nation. The likes of Eskom, the Passenger Rail Association of South Africa (Prasa), the South African Post Office (SAPO), South African Airways (SAA), the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), and others have become a national embarrassment rather than a Read more >

Global Corruption Barometer now available

Transparency International (TI) yesterday launched the consolidated version of its Global Corruption Barometer series (GCB), based on five regional reports that have been published over the last two years. The GCB – the world’s largest survey asking citizens about their direct personal experience of corruption in their daily lives – shows what people experience and just Read more >

TI UK and CW call for Gupta banks to be investigated

First published on Transparency International UK A recent statement in the UK Parliament has generated widespread speculation that a major British bank has been involved in the South Africa’s Gupta scandal. In response, Transparency International (TI) UK and Corruption Watch, TI’s national chapter in South Africa, have called for a firm approach to be taken Read more >

TI: improving the Global Corruption Barometer

By Coralie Pring, research expert at Transparency International Published on the Global Anti-Corruption Blog Transparency International has been running the Global Corruption Barometer (GCB) – a general population survey on corruption experience and perception – for a decade and a half now. Before moving ahead with plans for the next round of the survey, we Read more >