Entries by Corruption Watch

NW silence on Mafereka report infuriates mining communities

Despite voicing their concerns about matters of royalties and traditional leadership many times over the years, the North West mining community of the Bapo Ba Mogale are still without answers or satisfaction. The community is demanding the release of the Mafereka report, which was finalised in mid-2013 and has been kept secret ever since. The community’s hope now is to put pressure on the provincial government to release the report, by exposing its lack of action.

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.