New Trillian revelations show need for robust public procurement laws

Since 2017, Corruption Watch has been calling for probes into and criminal charges regarding the professional conduct of auditing firms and service providers such as KPMG, McKinsey, Deloitte, and Trillian. These firms and others have been implicated in dodgy dealings with several state owned enterprises including Eskom and Transnet, as well as the South African Read more >

Price-gouging Dis-Chem made to pay million rand fine

By Thato Mahlangu Pharmaceutical retailer Dis-Chem has been found guilty by the Competition Tribunal for opportunistically hiking prices for some of its products. The tribunal asked Dis-Chem to pay R1.2-million in administrative penalties for having increased prices of face masks which have been classified as essential products during the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. But Read more >

What is a tax haven? Offshore finance, explained

In May 2020 Mauritius, curiously one of the African countries that perform well on the annual Corruption Perceptions Index, was listed by the European Commission (EC) as a high-risk country for money laundering and funding of terrorism. It was joined on the revised EC list by Botswana, Ghana, and Zimbabwe, among others. The former is Read more >

Applications for AG position now open, until 17 July

Parliament has issued a call for applications for the upcoming post of auditor-general (AG). The term of office of current AG Kimi Makwetu will end on 30 November 2020. The Office of the Auditor-General South Africa (AGSA) is an institution supporting constitutional democracy, established in terms of sections 188 to 189 of Chapter 9 of Read more >

AEPF webinar on ethical practises in SA: register now

The Anti-Intimidation and Ethical Practises Forum, of which Corruption Watch is a founding member, will be hosting an online webinar during which the organisation will release results of its research into the practise of ethics in South Africa. The event takes place on Thursday 23 July from 10h00 to 11h30. Attendance is free.   The Read more >

MFMA report: officials continue to squander municipal millions

By Thato Mahlangu Municipalities continue to waste billions of rands through corruption-related activities, the Auditor-General of South African (AGSA) revealed on Tuesday. Auditor-general (AG) Kimi Makwetu said in his 2018/19 Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA) audit report that municipalities should ask themselves if they are investing in qualitative and preventative measures which would help to Read more >

DPSA acts against govt officials doing business with state

The revised code of conduct for South Africa’s public servants came into effect on 1 August 2016. Among others, it prohibits public servants from doing any form of business with organs of state, whether in as individuals or through companies in which they hold directorships. This has not stopped thousands from doing just that. Back Read more >

Reflecting on the bravery of whistle-blowers

By Thato Mahlangu Justice for some whistle-blowers seems like an unlikely dream. As we marked World Whistle-blower Day on 23 June 2020, one of our own is in pain in a hospital, in the Eastern Cape, after suffering years of abuse at the hands of police while fighting for genuine concerns which have been raised Read more >