Cops who beat hawkers ID’d, but still at work

By Chantelle Benjamin Two weeks after being filmed assaulting an Ivory Park hawker, it appears the four Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) officers are still on duty, despite a probe being launched into the attack by the metro police’s internal affairs unit. JMPD spokesperson Wayne Minnaar would not say on Friday whether the officers, accused Read more >

Mdluli’s tangled web

By Chantelle Benjamin Three months after it was announced that National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Pretoria head Glynnis Breytenbach was asked to submit a response to charges against her, she has been suspended, and it seems that far from working to stabilise the law enforcement leadership, the post-shuffling and removal of staff continues unabated, plaguing not Read more >

Corruption snapshot: 26 April – 2 May

Nzimande urges united anti-corruption fight Sacp general secretary Blade Nzimande yesterday called on workers and labour leaders to fight corruption with Cosatu. Nzimande was speaking at the national Workers’ Day rally in Botshabelo outside Bloemfontein. ANC president Jacob Zuma and tripartite alliance leaders also addressed the crowds. Nzimande said: “Cosatu is seen by some as Read more >

Bribe hotspots: is anyone getting convicted?

In a survey sent out to readers of The Cape Argus, The Star, Pretoria News and The Daily News, and broadcast to listeners of 567 Cape Talk and KFM, 94.7 Highveld Stereo, and Talk Radio 702 in November 2010, civil advocacy group Lead SA asked how many people had bribed a metro officer over a Read more >

Unofficial ‘road tax’ eats into everyone’s pocket

On top of looming e-tolls and rapidly increasing petrol prices, South Africans are deeply affected by the “unofficial road tax” that is tjo-tjo. This is the now commonly used word, in township slang, describing bribes. The bribe is either demanded by a metro police officer to an errant motorist, or offered by said errant motorist Read more >

Anti-corruption champion hands over baton to the youth

When businessman Hugh Glenister launched a court action in an attempt to halt the disbanding of the Scorpions five years ago, everyone thought he wouldn’t go far. In fact, when he told his colleagues he was going to take on the government, they jokingly said “They’re going to take you out.” Even he didn’t anticipate Read more >

Corruption Watch fights Hawks Bill in parliament

Corruption Watch and its partner organisations remained firm in their stance in parliament this week, voicing opposition to the Hawks being located within the South African Police Service (SAPS). The joint presentation by Corruption Watch, the Open Society Foundation and the Legal Resource Centre was delivered during the final round of submissions on the SAPS Read more >

Corruption snapshot 19 – 25 April

  SIU’s ability to investigate corruption at risk   Parliament warns that the Special Investigating Unit’s ability to investigate corruption in state departments will soon be dramatically curtailed as a result of budget constraints.   The Special Investigating Unit’s ability to investigate corruption in state departments will soon be dramatically curtailed as a result of Read more >

Corruption Watch calls for ‘no more tjo-tjo’

Launching its campaign on 23 April 2012, Corruption Watch revealed that in 2010 one in four Johannesburg drivers was asked for a bribe by the metro’s traffic officers – a total of 150 000 drivers during a single year. The figures come from a Statistics SA 2010 survey. “Bribery is a major problem in South Africa,” Read more >