Unpacking SA’s education crisis – part four

In this, the fourth of our six-part series on the unfolding education crisis, we pick apart the roles and powers of the various investigative and administrative agencies involved with the Limpopo case, and identify what they are doing to resolve the crisis. Media professionals are free to use all copy and photographs from this series Read more >

Khayelitsha commission to lift lid on rot

By Lorraine Louw Work has started in earnest for the commission of inquiry announced by Premier Helen Zille into the breakdown in relations between the police and residents in Khayelitsha, in Cape Town. The commission opened its offices to the public on 11 September. It was announced by the premier on 22 August, has been Read more >

Infographic divides CW fans

An infographic posted on Corruption Watch’s Facebook page and Twitter account last week divided Corruption Watch followers. According to the Institute for Accountability in Southern Africa, R675-billion has been lost through corruption since 1994. Institute director Paul Hoffman attributed this figure to the Special Investigating Unit, which reported that the country lost approximately R30-billion a Read more >

Big thinkers meet to dissect SA’s corruption

“If there is political will we will eradicate corruption in this country,” proclaimed Steven Powell, a former specialist prosecutor for the Department of Justice and director of the forensics arm of law firm Edward Nathan Sonnenberg. “We have to introduce an independent corruption fighting body that will investigate anyone without fear of victimisation.” Powell was Read more >

Switching Scorpions’ cases to Hawks

By Jeanette Clark, Moneyweb correspondent A disease of the system that needs to be stamped out. This is how minister of finance Pravin Gordhan described corruption in South Africa at the recent Discovery Invest Leadership Summit.   “If you hear about corruption or bribery in the public or private sector, please act,” he told delegates. Read more >

Section27 takes education dept back to court

Rights group Section27 launched papers today to force Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga to comply with an earlier court order to deliver textbooks in Limpopo. The courts ruled in May that textbooks needed to be delivered by 15 June, but this deadline was later extended to 27 June. Section27 contends that the second deadline Read more >

Designer shoes and the missing millions

Her red-soled Christian Louboutin shoes have walked Communications Minister Dina Pule into a storm of controversy. Who bought them, and with what money – but this is just the beginning of a deep well of claim and counter-claim. Ask almost any woman, and she’ll tell you a drop-dead gorgeous pair of stilettoes is all you Read more >

Fighting corruption is the least business can do

Corruption is the world’s third-largest industry, valued at more than 5% of global gross domestic product — more than $3-trillion. It increases the cost of doing business globally by up to 10% on average; the growth rate of a country can be as much as 1% lower than that of a similar country with little Read more >

Teaming with YFM to get SA youth switched on

Corruption Watch has teamed up with the YFM morning Flava team every Friday at 8:30 to reach out to South Africa’s youngsters and get them involved in the fight against corruption. Central to this “No more tjo-tjo” feature will be urging young listeners to reject bribery in all forms and encouraging them to sign Corruption Read more >