Making a racket – about racketeering

By Tharin Pillay Racketeering enterprises tend to fall under the radar of most South Africans, but they are as damaging and serious as any other form of organised crime. To respond to this, we must make use of legal tools adapted to grappling with the problem. Pushing for racketeering prosecutions is a start. When I Read more >

SA politicians once again commit a crime against humanity

Image: Flickr/GovernmentZA First published on Daily Maverick When devastating floods struck KwaZulu-Natal on 11 April, South Africans’ first response was to commiserate with their compatriots. Their next response was to warn against giving a cent to the government and loudly proclaim that their donations were going to organisations like the Gift of the Givers.  It’s Read more >

CW’s Project Larona aims to strengthen recognition of land rights

Image: Alliance for Rural Democracy Project Larona [laa-ro-nah]Lefatshe la rona – a Setswana phrase meaning “Our Land” The European Union Rallying Efforts to Accelerate Progress project (EU REAP), a multi-jurisdictional initiative, commenced in July 2021. It is led by the Transparency International Secretariat and funded by the European Commission (EuropeAid). EU REAP focuses on directly Read more >

SIU pounces on Lotteries Commission, finds corruption networks

By Kwazi Dlamini The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) is continuing to probe allegations of corruption against former board members of the National Lotteries Commission (NLC) and other senior officials. At the beginning of March the SIU submitted to Parliament an explosive status report alleging that NLC officials funnelled millions of rands meant to develop old Read more >

General Sehlahle Fannie Masemola is SA’s new top cop

President Cyril Ramaphosa this afternoon announced that General Sehlahle Fannie Masemola has been appointed as South Africa’s new national police commissioner, replacing Kehla Sithole who finishes his last day in office today.   Reaction has been cautiously optimistic, and Corruption Watch, too, welcomes the steps taken by Ramaphosa to appoint the new national commissioner of Read more >

New report unpacks the working of social and ethics committees

Contrary to what the name implies, a company’s social and ethics committee (SEC) has nothing to do with behaviour in social situations. Rather, it allows the company to monitor and measure the impact that certain specified activities have on communities and the public at large. In terms of the Companies Act and its associated regulation Read more >