Corruption snapshot: 30 March – 4 April

Prosecutor jailed for corruption A former Pietermaritzburg control prosecutor has been jailed for five years for corruption after he tried to have three drug dealers freed. Zandile Radebe (45) was the control prosecutor in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court in 2006 when lawyer Frans Mashile offered him R150 000 to arrange for his three clients to be Read more >

Corruption snapshot: 23 – 29 March

More South Africans believe politicians are corrupt   Forty percent of South Africans think parliamentarians and councillors are corrupt, according to the Afrobarometer survey, the Star reported. The figure increased from 2008, when 25% of South Africans thought "almost all" or "most" members of Parliament were involved in corruption, according to Dr Cherrel Africa of Read more >

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 Read more >

Corruption snapshot: 9 – 15 March

Motlanthe linked to bribes?   Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe's romantic partner Gugu Mtshali has allegedly been linked to a scheme to ‘'buy” government approval for a plan to sell helicopters to Iran, according to a report by the Sunday Times.   Mtshali, former De Beers executive Raisaka Masebelanga and others allegedly met with representatives of Read more >

Corruption snapshot: 1 – 8 March

Open-chequebook bribe unreported   An alleged attempt to influence one of South Africa’s biggest state tenders with an “open chequebook” bribe was effectively swept under the carpet by the high-level committee deliberating on it in 2008, it was recently reported in Mail & Guardian.   The bid-adjudication committee, chaired by top advocate Norman Arendse, failed Read more >

Corruption snapshot: 23 February – 1 March

Corruption hits SA’s governance ranking Increasing perceptions of corruption have knocked South Africa from the top slot in the UBS Governance Rank, which measures corporate governance perceptions in 44 global emerging markets, it was recently reported in Business Report.   The UBS research cautions that a continuation of this trend could threaten South Africa’s safe Read more >

Corruption snapshot: 16 – 23 February

Zuma gets serious about graft, DA’s response President Jacob Zuma said in his State of the Nation debate reply that the South African government takes the fight against crime and corruption extremely seriously, adding that the Anti-Corruption Task Team is successfully tackling graft in both the public and private sectors. Zuma said the Anti-Corruption Task Read more >

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 Read more >

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. Read more >