Entries by Corruption Watch

Report on Gauteng speaker expected in June

By Chantelle Benjamin The Gauteng ethics and privilege committee is expected to receive a report next month detailing allegations of a conflict of interest and misuse of public funds by provincial speaker of the legislature Lindiwe Maseko. It is not clear when in the month the report will be submitted to the Gauteng legislature, as […]

Has SA become a sunny place for shady people?

By Glenn Ashton The last few years has seen a steady procession of various shady characters from around the world paraded across our headlines and through our legal systems. So is South Africa becoming a sunny place for shady people? To be more precise, are our democratic institutions at risk from infiltration by international criminals […]

Police probed for irregularities worth billions

By Chantelle Benjamin The South African Police Service (SAPS) is being probed by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) in at least five different areas for misuse of funds and supply chain management irregularities believed to be worth billions of rands. The Hawks are assisting the SIU with a number of investigations, including the probe into […]

Sleek salesman has me worried

Dear Corruption Watch I run the sales division of a large company. I have been worried that one of my employees is just too successful. He's go-getting and energetic, so perhaps my concerns are unfounded, but his ability to close transactions is almost 100%. Am I able to read his e-mails, or even hire a […]

Corruption snapshot: 3 – 9 May

Cabinet concerned about corruption and in-fighting within the SAPS Cabinet voices concern about high number of corruption cases within the police force but fail to discuss the issue of crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli. Cabinet on Friday expressed serious concern about corruption and in-fighting in the senior ranks of the South African Police Service (SAPS) […]

Mdluli shifted to new department

Crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli has been removed from his position announced Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa in Parliament on Wednesday. However, Mdluli who was controversially reinstated as crime intelligence boss in March after murder and fraud charges against him were questionably withdrawn, will not be suspended but rather moved to another division within the SAPS […]

The law for sale – a timeline

Where did it all begin? We examine the development of corrupt practices in the Johannesburg Metro Police Department – and efforts to curtail this corruption – over the past two decades. Mid-1990s – Before the JMPD is created traffic police in Johannesburg already have a reputation for corruption.  1996 – The newly appointed head of […]

Informal settlers homeless as housing dept stalls

More than 300 informal settlers in Sol Plaatje squatter camp near Roodepoort are still waiting for RDP houses they were promised in 1999. Although most of the houses have been built, many have been made uninhabitable by vandalism and illegal occupation. Despite this, officials from the regional housing department have persuaded the “owners” to sign […]