Moss Phakoe’s spirit must galvanise us – Vavi

On March 14 2009, Moss Phakoe – a beloved husband, son, brother and father, a dedicated trade unionist and a committed ANC councillor – was gunned down, aged 52, in his car in Rustenburg as he arrived home after putting up posters for the ANC election campaign. Moss Phakoe started as a shop steward at Read more >

Gunned down for blowing the whistle

Corruption can be a matter of life and death, as it was for this week’s posthumous hero Moss Phakoe, an ANC councillor who was murdered in 2009 after blowing the whistle on alleged corruption in Rustenburg municipality, North West. This is a man who most probably thought he was serving the country when he handed Read more >

Corruption Watch flooded with state school complaints

By Zaheer Cassim When a public official steals millions of rand through nepotism and shady deals, there is generally a public outcry for that person to be removed from office. Sadly, this same zeal for justice does not filter down to public schools, where thousands of learners are short-changed by corrupt principals and teachers. Over Read more >

Metro cops face criminal case

The internal investigation into the six Johannesburg metro police officials who were involved in the April assault of two Ivory Park residents has been concluded, the City of Johannesburg has said. The city has confirmed that the six officials are now facing a criminal case for the assault of Andries Ndlovu and Joseph Khumalo, and Read more >

Corruption fight needs firebrand activism

A return to civic activism similar to that of 1970s and 1980s is the only way communities can effectively fight corruption, said Lenasia community members who led an anti-corruption campaign as part of Mandela Day on Wednesday 18 July. Corruption Watch was invited to speak at the event organised by radio station Eastwave 92.2fm. The Read more >

Police’s graft tolerance feeds ‘code of silence’

By Chantelle Benjamin A new study has found a direct link between South African Police Service (SAPS) members’ willingness to report on law-breaking colleagues and the extent to which the guilty parties believe their colleagues will keep silent, as well as whether they believe action will be taken against the lawbreaker. Considering that a previous Read more >

Metcalfe textbooks report: what you need to know

By Mary Metcalfe REPORT: VERIFICATION OF TEXT BOOKS DELIVERIES IN LIMPOPO 1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY I was asked by SECTION27 and the Department of Basic Education (DBE) to verify the state of delivery of textbooks to schools serving Grade 1-­‐3 and Grade 10 Learners in the Limpopo Province as at 27th June 2012. This was agreed Read more >

Dirco’s resolute move gets a thumbs up

Our hero this week is the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) for suspending one of its ambassadors alleged to have accepted a multimillion-rand bribe to help MTN secure a lucrative operating licence in Iran in 2005. Both the official and the cellphone giant have denied the claims. Listen to our clip which recently Read more >

Textbook bungle: cast of characters

Cast of characters (in alphabetical order): Angie Motshekga, is the basic education minister. Tshitangano wrote to her of his concerns in June 2011, to which she responded in July. She has laid the blame for the textbook non-delivery at the door of Anis Karodia. In April 2012, she assured EduSolutions the contract would go ahead, Read more >