By William Gumede First published on Democracy Works The impact of having a robust civil society in South Africa has played a critical role in creating a vibrant democratic culture and addressing the gap between the state and local communities. This policy brief examines the successes and challenges in furthering engagement, holding public officials accountable Read more >

How football corruption gets kicked into the shadows

By Marianne Dodson First published on The Crime Report As millions of fans geared up for last weekend’s World Cup final, a new report warned of little prospect that efforts to clean up football corruption inside the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (Fifa) will succeed. “After more than a century of scandals and a broad Read more >

Letter to the AU on African Anti-Corruption Day

11 July 2018 Dear African Union leaders, Transparency International and its 28 chapters in Africa applaud the African Union (AU) for earmarking 11 July as African Anti-Corruption Day and dedicating 2018 to the fight against corruption. The impact of corruption on the continent’s economic development is visible and cannot be underestimated. Corruption is not a Read more >

NPA pair’s disbarment overturned

The Supreme Court of Appeal has overturned the 2016 North Gauteng High Court ruling that struck National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) deputy head Nomgcobo Jiba and special director of public prosecutions Lawrence Mrwebi, off the roll of advocates. The application to have them removed from the roll had been brought forward by the General Council of the Read more >

Bribery in sport does not always pay

Corruption in sport makes its unsavoury mark in many disciplines, from athletics, tennis and cycling to cricket and football. Penalties vary widely, as there are no standard regulations akin to the World Anti-Doping Agency’s code, regarding those found guilty of corruption in sport. A cricketer who deliberately under-performs to influence the outcome of a game Read more >

One week left to nominate your anti-corruption hero

There is just one week left in which to nominate your anti-corruption hero or heroes for the 2018 Transparency International (TI) Anti-Corruption Award! Launched in 2000 and until 2016 known as the TI Integrity Award, the accolade pays tribute to the sacrifices, determination and courage of activists around the world, many of whom have paid Read more >

National Anti-Corruption Strategy: what’s it about?

South Africa has the processes and mechanisms in place to fight corruption effectively – but those in authority do not a strong collective will to enforce those measures. Despite the country’s advanced Constitution, which provides a comprehensive fundamental framework for creating good governance and a high standard of ethics and integrity in the public service, Read more >

Africa’s whistle-blowers: ‘All I did was tell the truth’

By Olivier Piot Translated by Charles Goulden First published in The Nation South African president Jacob Zuma resigned in February 2018 over the biggest corruption scandal since the end of apartheid, which involved both the president and his son. Zuma’s exit became inevitable last June, after the publication of thousands of confidential documents revealing that Read more >