Arms corruption: SA ‘high risk’

With the first round of Arms Deal Commission hearings just around the corner, the release of Transparency International’s (TI) inaugural government defence-corruption index couldn’t be more topical. According to the results South Africa scores a D+ and is labelled a “high risk” nation in terms of the susceptibility of our government to corruption in the Read more >

The big business of corruption

Corruption seems to have become the norm and if big business can't keep its hands off public funds, can South Africans expect government to do so, asks Nickolaus Bauer in Mail&Guardian. Read the original article here. The alleged fixing of state construction contracts dominated newspaper headlines earlier this week, but soon petered out as allegations Read more >

The week that was for CW

Corruption Watch received extensive media coverage in the last week, ranging from our call to release a report on corruption in the Gauteng health department, to out intervention in the Nkandla saga, to the Mvula Trust R30-million tender exposé, and then our first-year anniversary report launch and press briefing. Below follow links to how these Read more >

Meet the man behind Bra Tjotjo

Mdu Ntuli, the sizzling talent behind the Bra Tjotjo series, chats to Corruption Watch about where he got his inspiration for the project and how his dream to become a top basketball star was crushed because of corrupt dealings by officials in the game. Click on the pic below to watch the clip! You can Read more >

Cogta, your silence is not so golden

Corruption Watch (CW) this week exposed tender irregularities involving respected rural development NGO Mvula Trust, which was allegedly used as a front so that a well-connected company could get some of the spoils. The findings have been passed on to the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta), which was involved in the awarding Read more >

Mvula Trust exposé: the latest

Rural development non-profit Mvula Trust has issued a press statement in response to Corruption Watch’s exposé of “fronting” in a R30-million tender won by the respected NGO for a job-creation project. The story was broken on 702 Eyewitness News and Daily Maverick by Alex Eliseev. Read the original article here and press statement here. Earlier Read more >

Big spending puts Public Works back on zero list

A few months ago, Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi warned corrupt officials that they could run but they could not hide. This week, it was revealed that his department spent millions of rand on renovating ministers’ houses. While this has not yet proven to be clear-cut corruption, it smacks of extreme wasteful expenditure, which means Read more >

Misdeeds plague health ministry

From mismanagement of funds to fraud and misconduct by hospital health care workers, the national Department of Health has had its fair share of problems over the past few years. And it does not look like its woes are over yet, either, looking at the provincial departments under its watch. In one move, Corruption Watch Read more >

Seriti responds to ‘second agenda’ claims

Last week Corruption Watch reported on allegations made by a former senior investigator for the commission of inquiry into the procurement of arms, commonly referred to as the Seriti commission. Norman Moabi's damning claims were of a second agenda that is at play within the commission, which was appointed by President Jacob Zuma in 2011. Read more >