2013: corruption in the spotlight

As South Africans look to the year ahead, all signs are that the problem of corruption will keep lawmakers and anti-corruption organisations preoccupied. Several high-profile cases that we expect to be followed up involve senior public officials, including President Jacob Zuma. But will these go into the history books to mark the struggle against the Read more >

Corruption-watching starts as schools go back

As bells ring and classes kick off for the 2013 academic year, Corruption Watch begins its monitoring of schools – a big focus for the organisation this year. Since launching we’ve received more than 60 reports of possible corruption in schools, mostly involving the embezzlement of funds by principals and administrators, corruption in procurement processes Read more >

Cyril Ramaphosa’s conflict of interest

This article was originally published by Leadership Online. Read the original here. Deputy ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa is off the hook for the moment as he’s not been asked to serve in government yet – and ANC officials don’t have to declare their business interests to the party. But, if he is made a public Read more >

Putting a lid on explosive tender rot

By David Ondráčka When the phone rang, it was clear the caller was scared. He worked in the government, he said. He had information on a huge public tender that he needed to share. He had tried to complain to his superiors about the bidding process, but they had rebuffed his allegations. Now he wanted Read more >

Getting to grips with ‘conflict of interest’

Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi didn't mince his words last year when he said the biggest threat to South Africa’s democracy is the conflict of interest entered into by government leaders. He also called for a resolution to ban all public officials from doing business with the government, and to extend that to political leaders Read more >

ANC’s new integrity commission raises eyebrows

News of establishing a Renewal Integrity Commission, announced by the ANC at its 53rd elective congress in Mangaung this week, has been met with cynicism by members of the public, who voiced their opinions on social media networks. What particularly concerns South Africans is the fact that members of the party’s 80-member National Executive Council Read more >

Hero and zero of 2012

The Corruption Watch zero of the year for 2012 is our country’s first citizen, President Jacob Zuma. The hero award goes to the lady who uncovered several corrupt senior officials in his administration, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. Corruption Watch asked readers on Wednesday to vote from a selection of eight contenders for each award, and Read more >

Vote for your hero or zero of the year

Corruption Watch has reported on the good, the  bad and the ugly sides of corruption over the past year. The good came from individuals and organisations that took a firm stand against corruption, despite the odds against them, the bad spent taxpayers' money for personal luxuries and the ugly went as far committing murder to Read more >

eThekwini backtracks after dodgy appointment

Corruption Watch can confirm that eThekwini Municipality’s decision to appoint Slindokuhle Hadebe as deputy city manager for human settlements and infrastructure has been reversed. In December 2012 it was reported that Hadebe had been named the new chief of the housing and infrastructure department despite him being on suspension from another municipality due to a Read more >