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 >

‘Political elite must put integrity above self-interest’

Corruption is eating away at Africa's biggest economy, stifling growth, marring its international reputation and, most importantly, hurting the poor, writes Transparency International’s managing director Cobus de Swardt. Now that the ANC has elected its leaders, it should recognise the problems, opportunities and challenges ahead and make combating corruption a priority. From allegations of dodgy Read more >

Treasury flexes its muscles

Our hero this week is the National Treasury, which, in an unprecedented move, has cut the umbilical cord of funding to a municipality in the northern Free State following its failure to submit financial statements to the Office of the Auditor-General (AG) as required in terms of the Municipal Finance Management Act – for the Read more >

Arms-deal probe latest: ‘Zuma, Seriti must act’

If the allegations of conflict of interest within the Arms Deal probe by a former investigator are found to be true, and evidence of corruption surfaces, then President Jacob Zuma should dismiss the commissioners. This is the view of Hennie van Vuuren, co-author of The Devil in the Detail and fellow at the Open Society Read more >

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 >