Entries by Corruption Watch

Fighting graft to advance human rights

22 March 2012 – Students added their voice to the corruption fight at a Human Rights Day event held yesterday at the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Pietermaritzburg campus. All participants signed the anti-corruption pledge, committing to a bribe-free society and acting responsibly when in positions of power while encouraging others to do the same. The meeting, […]

Corruption snapshot: 16 – 22 March

Mdluli looted crime unit: report   Lt-Gen Richard Mdluli plundered the police crime intelligence unit, according to a secret police report that details extensive allegations of corruption.   Mdluli's relatives were appointed to the crime intelligence agent programme without performing any undercover operations. He allegedly used state vehicles, in violation of regulations, and used safe […]

Take back your rights – report corruption

20 March 2012 – Corruption Watch urges you to report complaints so you can hold the country's leaders accountable and take back your rights. South Africa’s Constitution is world-renowned for protecting every basic human entitlement through its Bill of Rights, which “enshrines the rights of all people in our country and affirms the democratic values […]

Public Protector to investigate Motlanthe’s partner

By Chantelle Benjamin 20 March 2012 – Public Protector Adv Thulisile Madonsela said she will hold a preliminary probe into allegations that Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe's partner Gugu Mtshali was involved in an attempt to solicit a bribe for government support for a R2-billion deal sanctions busting deal with Iran.  There was some concern that the investigation would not go ahead after […]

Dismantling the corruption web

20 March 2012 – Corruption in South Africa is institutionalised and widespread. People have been caught red-handed from various institutions of government. The corrupt activities are perpetuated by politicians, public servants, private companies and ordinary citizens. We entered into the new South Africa unprepared. Although corruption is a global cancer, South Africa can do better. […]

Sekunjalo story won’t go away

Somehow, the Sekunjalo story won't go away. Now the Competition Commission has issued a statement saying that the multimillion-rand tender to combat illegal fishing along the South African coastline was being investigated. Competition commissioner Shan Ramburuth said the commission was particularly concerned about the allegations of bid rigging made against Sekunjalo after it emerged that […]

Any wrongdoing must be reported to police

Dear Corruption Watch I run a small business that is dependent on a single contract with a government department. I have evidence that the person who manages our supplier status is corrupt. If I blow the whistle, can I ensure our company doesn't lose the government business we need, or does South Africa's whistle-blower protection […]

Special unit leads to 16 arrests in Western Cape

By Chantelle Benjamin 16 March 2012 – The Western Cape government's efforts to combat fraud and corruption are yielding results, with the work of its specialised unit leading to the arrest of 16 people, including former health department employees, in George. The Western Cape's Forensic Investigation Unit, which is unique in that it partners with […]