“No-fee” schools turn away children who can’t pay

By Cally Ballack First published on GroundUp.org South African schools are divided into five categories known as quintiles. The quintiles range from the poorest to the least poor, with quintile 1 being the poorest 20% of schools in the country. Quintile 5 covers the least poor public schools and parents of children who go to Read more >

Civil society is key player in cutting out crime

By Kwazi Dlamini First published in City Press The African Union (AU) has marked 2018 as the African year of anti-corruption, with the theme of Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation. One of the AU’s weapons in its anti-corruption arsenal is the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption Read more >

Global clean-up of money laundering

By Rhoda Weeks-Brown First published on the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Al Capone had a problem: he needed a way to disguise the enormous amounts of cash generated by his criminal empire as legitimate income. His solution was to buy all-cash laundromats, mix dirty money in with clean, and then claim that washing ordinary Americans’ Read more >

Anti-corruption highlights of 2018

If anything, 2018 was even more of a momentous year than was 2017. Here are some highlights from the anti-corruption space, most of which involve government of government officials being held to account. We look forward to more of the same in 2019. ANC removes tarnished leaders from PEC The ANC in Gauteng showed decisive Read more >

Moyane down again, but seemingly not out

Update, 12 December 2018: Tom Moyane plans to challenge the High Court’s judgment, handed down yesterday. He will be heading back to the Constitutional Court to appeal the court’s dismissal of his firing by Ramaphosa. Former Sars head Tom Moyane is not a man who gives up easily. Dismissed by President Cyril Ramaphosa on 1 Read more >

Whistle-blower protection a focus of IACD

There is a new anti-corruption task team (ACTT) in town, it means business and South Africans just have to keep watching this space. Delegates at the official international anti-corruption day event, held to mark the worldwide initiative and hosted by the government in Tshwane on Monday, 10 December, were told of a newly rejuvenated ACTT Read more >

IACD: trillions lost to corruption

Source: United Nations News Yesterday, 9 December, marked the annual International Anti-Corruption Day (IACD), set up by the UN to raise awareness of the devastating impact of corruption, and to look back on the year and assess progress in the fight to eradicate the scourge. Every year, trillions of dollars – equivalent to more than 5% Read more >

Adv Shamila Batohi announced as new NDPP

Advocate Shamila Batohi is the new national director of public prosecutions (NDPP). Batohi was chosen, after careful consideration, from a final list of five. “I accept with gratitude and my only obligation is to serve the country with dedication and humility,” she said.”The NPA will serve the Constitution and the people of South Africa.” “As Read more >

G20 must implement its anti-corruption promises

The role of civil society in democracy and good governance is becoming increasingly important. Acting as the voice of the people, civil society holds governments to account for enforcing the rule of law, complying with legislation and policy, and implementing promises made. When the Group of Twenty (G20), of which South Africa is a member, Read more >