Entries by Corruption Watch

Imali Yesizwe, an alternative human rights budget

The Budget Justice Coalition’s Imali Yrsizwe alternative people’s budget, released on 21 October 2020, puts the fulfilment of human rights first and replaces austerity with a long-term plan for socio-economic development that will ensure the economy and its people recover sustainably from COVID-19. The budget is the result of efforts made by progressive civil society organisations working in the budget and human rights sectors.

Dismantle the secrecy surrounding legal vehicles and their assets

We live in a world where we don’t know who owns what, how they afforded it in the first place and what they are doing with it, writes Tax Justice Network researcher Andres Knobel. Companies awarded government contracts or extractive licenses could be owned by some honest person – or by the very same minister approving the contract. This is why beneficial ownership transparency is such a crucial weapon against corruption and money laundering.

Open letter to G20 finance ministers from civil society

Civil society organisations have written to the G20 finance ministers, who meet today, to remind them that CSOs and human rights defenders are key allies in addressing Covid-19 challenges, and must receive all necessary information, tools and protective equipment they need to carry out their human rights activities in safety. The organisations have also called for international debt relief and increased transparency in using Covid-19 funds.

Limited progress in SA’s enforcement of int’l anti-bribery legislation

There has been limited if any progress in South Africa’s attempts to curb foreign bribery over the past two years, says Transparency International in a new report, released today. This suggests that it remains relatively easy for South African companies to engage in corruption when conducting business outside the country’s borders, notes Corruption Watch.