Entries by Corruption Watch

Corruption snapshot: 9 – 16 February

Zuma talks corruption in his nation address In his fourth State of the Nation Address in parliament on 9 February 2012, Zuma affirmed that fighting corruption would remain a priority for government. He announced that a multi-agency working group on procurement – led by treasury, the South African Revenue Service and the Financial Intelligence Centre […]

How can I get rid of the dodgy directors?

Are you witnessing corruption but don’t know what to do about it? Ask the team of Corruption Watch experts what to do by writing to: letters@businesstimes.co.za and mark your letter ‘Dear Corruption Watch’. Dear Corruption Watch I sit on a board of a large company. We are a highly complex business that supplies large-scale infrastructure services […]

Report: R2bn ‘irregular expenditure’ by eThekwini

A recently released report has revealed that eThekwini metro municipality, with an annual operating budget of close to R19-billon, has recorded irregular expenditure of R2,188-billion in the past three years. The report, by Manase and Associates, commissioned by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, followed the 2009/2010 auditor-general’s report, which revealed widespread […]

South Africans make their mark to fight graft

South Africans of all ages and walks of life are committing to a non-corrupt society by signing Corruption Watch’s anti-corruption pledge – a clear indication that “we’ve had enough”, said one contributor from Johannesburg, Andre Botha. Signing the pledge is a way of turning “gatvol” into “let’s fix this”, showing you have taken a stand […]

Corruption snapshot: 2 – 9 February

Anti-corruption watchdogs for municipalities The South African Local Government Association (Salga) is setting up public accounts committees in all municipalities to boost financial management and accountability at a local level. This follows the latest Auditor-General report, which revealed only seven municipalities achieved clean audits in the past financial year, with 127 receiving an unqualified audit. […]

Power to the People

The disease of corruption has permeated our society, resulting in serious effects on our young democracy. South Africa is at a tipping point, where delivery of basic services to vulnerable communities is threatened by corrupt politicians, public service officials, private companies and individuals. This act of bad faith diverts public resources to a few individuals […]

Paying bribes can be costly in the long run

Are you witnessing corruption but don’t know what to do about it? Ask the team of Corruption Watch experts what to do by writing to: letters@businesstimes.co.za and mark your letter ‘Dear Corruption Watch’. Dear Corruption Watch My company has recently been engaged in a business transaction in Asia. We have a policy of consultation and […]

Massive press coverage of Corruption Watch launch

A firm sense of optimism and support dominated media coverage of Corruption Watch’s launch on Thursday 26 January, with newspapers, radio and TV all carrying accounts of the event. News coverage spanned the country and was as prominent in national publications and broadcasts as it was in community newspapers and radio reports, spreading the message […]