Big-time bribes to bring opponent down

27 March 2012 – A job and a Beemer are the lures allegedly used by Musa Mkhatshwa, a member of the ANC Youth League (ANCYL), to persuade a journalist to trash a potential opponent of Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza. Suspended ANCYL provincial secretary Musa Mkhatshwa has been accused of persuading a journalist to write negative Read more >

Sekunjalo: Minister avoiding prickly issues?

By Chantelle Benjamin   26 March 2012 – A communication blackout following the announcement of a probe into tender practices by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry has led to concerns of irregularities being covered up.   Democratic Alliance MP and spokesperson on Fisheries Pieter van Dalen said he was concerned Agriculture, Forestry and Read more >

Call to probe ‘rot’ in Gauteng housing scheme

By Chantelle Benjamin 22 March 2012 – Gross irregularities in Gauteng’s government housing scheme, particularly the allocation of more than R7-million in subsidies, have prompted calls by the province’s Standing committee on public accounts (Scopa) for a forensic investigation. A report by Scopa showed that a number of people had benefited from the subsidies, without Read more >

Corruption snapshot: 16 – 22 March

Mdluli looted crime unit: report   Lt-Gen Richard Mdluli plundered the police crime intelligence unit, according to a secret police report that details extensive allegations of corruption.   Mdluli's relatives were appointed to the crime intelligence agent programme without performing any undercover operations. He allegedly used state vehicles, in violation of regulations, and used safe Read more >

Take back your rights – report corruption

20 March 2012 – Corruption Watch urges you to report complaints so you can hold the country's leaders accountable and take back your rights. South Africa’s Constitution is world-renowned for protecting every basic human entitlement through its Bill of Rights, which “enshrines the rights of all people in our country and affirms the democratic values Read more >

Public Protector to investigate Motlanthe’s partner

By Chantelle Benjamin 20 March 2012 – Public Protector Adv Thulisile Madonsela said she will hold a preliminary probe into allegations that Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe's partner Gugu Mtshali was involved in an attempt to solicit a bribe for government support for a R2-billion deal sanctions busting deal with Iran.  There was some concern that the investigation would not go ahead after Read more >

Dismantling the corruption web

20 March 2012 – Corruption in South Africa is institutionalised and widespread. People have been caught red-handed from various institutions of government. The corrupt activities are perpetuated by politicians, public servants, private companies and ordinary citizens. We entered into the new South Africa unprepared. Although corruption is a global cancer, South Africa can do better. Read more >

Special unit leads to 16 arrests in Western Cape

By Chantelle Benjamin 16 March 2012 – The Western Cape government's efforts to combat fraud and corruption are yielding results, with the work of its specialised unit leading to the arrest of 16 people, including former health department employees, in George. The Western Cape's Forensic Investigation Unit, which is unique in that it partners with Read more >

Gauteng speaker investigated for tender, funds

15 March 2012 – A full investigation is underway into speaker of the Gauteng Legislature Lindiwe Maseko’s conduct, after media reports on alleged conflict of interest relating to a tender and the misuse of public funds. The investigation, formally announced on Friday 2 March, is being run by the Legislature’s Integrity Commissioner. It is headed Read more >