These are your stories: clerks syphoning funds!

These are your stories! Here’s a snapshot of some of the corruption reports* we’ve received from the public recently, so you can get a feel for the kind of trends we’re picking up: metro cops in Joburg demanding “lunch money”, a despondent youngster in Mpumalanga who says she failed her learners’ licence because she didn’t Read more >

JS Moroka supporting documents

JS Moroka supporting documents: Selectech’s R2 000 invoice to JK Moroka Municipality for a set of glass vials. Selectech’s agreement to supply Nxobile & Josie with a set of glass vials at a price of R2 000. Purchasing order showing JS Moroka Municipality was buying the same set of glass vials from Nxobile & Josie Read more >

Problems in North West

Municipalities in North West were hailed by the province’s leadership towards the end of 2012 for meeting auditor-general (AG) Terence Nombembe’s deadline for submitting their financial statements for that year – but what was not revealed at the time was that the achievement came with a R29-million bill for taxpayers. On Wednesday, Mail & Guardian Read more >

Probe news sparks worry as poor go unpaid

An anonymous source has leaked Corruption Watch the details of a probe that Minister of Cooperative Governance Richard Baloyi plans to launch into the awarding of tenders for the Community Work Programme (CWP), including that won by Mvula Trust. What Corruption Watch finds strange, though, is that the probe is being overseen by an in-house Read more >

Corruption creates its own political economy in SA

By Mark Heywood, executive director of ­Section 27 This article first appeared in the Mail & Guardian on 5 April 2013. Read the original version here. On the edges of Diepsloot stands a half-completed municipal building. Once intended as a library and offices, it was surrendered to decay before it even came to life. A Read more >

Segabutla sets a bad example

It is to Limpopo we go for our zero of the week: former MEC for health and social services Miriam Segabutla is out on bail following her arrest in March by the Hawks for tender fraud amounting to R15-million. It has been alleged that while she was MEC, Segabutla awarded department tenders to companies that Read more >

Poor hurt most by dodgy procurement

South Africa loses about R25-billion each year to corruption in government procurement – think textbooks not arriving on time at schools, shoddily built RDP houses and tender-rigging. But the real victims are the poor and marginalised, who depend on these procured goods and services. In 2011, Willie Homeyr, then head of the Special Investigating Unit Read more >

Crooks bribe cops – more of your stories!

Here’s a snapshot of some of the corruption reports* we’ve received from the public recently, so you can get a feel for the kind of trends we're picking up: police officers from an organised crime unit taking bribes from criminals to avoid arrests, home affairs security guards wanting “payment” from foreign nationals, and a Johannesburg Read more >

Cracks exposed in RDP housing system

Poverty, it is said, is not a crime. Poor people do not ask to be in a position where they are at the mercy of others. Naomi Genu, from Kagiso in Mogale City, is just one of many who is paying a high price for being poor. In July this year, she will turn 40, Read more >