Will Secrecy Bill muzzle poor and marginalised?

The Protection of Information Bill, currently before parliament, has been the focus of intense debate and the source of deepening tension between government and civil society since it was first introduced in 2008. Civil society and legal experts recognise that government has made strides in improving the piece of legislation, also known as the Secrecy Read more >

UN Convention against corruption, 2003

Adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in October 2003, the Convention against Corruption tackles the scourge of corruption globally and affirms core values such as public accountability and transparency, honesty and respect for the rule of law. The Convention calls for the criminalisation of corruption in both the public and private sectors; sets out Read more >

Transparency International: Corruption perceptions index, 2011

Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index ranks countries according to perceived levels of public-sector corruption. It gives scores to 183 countries with 10 being “clean” and 0 being “highly corrupt”. The 2011 Index ranks New Zealand (9.5), Denmark (9.4) and Finland (9.4) top the list, with North Korea and Somalia at the bottom, both with a Read more >

Institute for Security Studies: Protector or predator, 2011

Corruption remains a serious challenge to the effectiveness and legitimacy of the South African Police Service (SAPS). This monograph explores corruption in the SAPS prior to and after democratisation in 1994, contextualising the discussion with reference to international and domestic literature on the subject. It explores the causes of police corruption in the South African Read more >

When public service and business collide

Gauteng speaker Lindiwe Maseko’s recent comments to media that she declared her financial interests, and that she does not believe there is a conflict in her daughter catering for a legislature function, has raised the ire of political parties and civil society. Most politicians declare their financial interests comfortable in the knowledge that the information Read more >

Corruption snapshot: 23 February – 1 March

Corruption hits SA’s governance ranking Increasing perceptions of corruption have knocked South Africa from the top slot in the UBS Governance Rank, which measures corporate governance perceptions in 44 global emerging markets, it was recently reported in Business Report.   The UBS research cautions that a continuation of this trend could threaten South Africa’s safe Read more >

Spotlight on SA’s key metro police chiefs

By Chantelle Benjamin  Calls have been made by the South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) for the resignation or redeployment of two of the country’s key metro police heads – Johannesburg’s Chris Ngcobo, and eThekwini’s Eugene Nzama – over use of public money and doubt about their leadership. They are not the first metro police chiefs Read more >

Don’t be intimidated by police – know your rights

By Zaheer Cassim It’s Friday evening, close to midnight. Aislinn Laing is in the car with her husband and her mother-in-law. Laing and her family are from England and are driving in a rental vehicle through Parkview, one of Johannesburg’s more affluent areas. It’s late and all they want to do is get home. Laing Read more >

Graft report release: eThekwini holds its breath

The eThekwini council is to respond today, Wednesday 29 February 2012, at a council meeting to allegations raised in the Manase and Associates report, which revealed R2.2-billion in irregular expenditure over a three-year period and implicates some high-ranking municipal officials and politicians.    The council was given 21 days to respond to the closely guarded 700-page Read more >