Will Zuma’s fate on corruption charges finally be decided?

The man who took the meaning of ‘teflon’ to a new level is in court this week in what some are calling his last chance to avoid prosecution. Former president Jacob Zuma has been evading corruption and racketeering charges for 10 years, and so far all attempts to make the charges stick have been unsuccessful. Read more >

Uncooperative education depts stall CW investigations

By Kwazi Dlamini When we investigate a report, it is of paramount importance for us to give a right of reply to anyone implicated. However, this comes with a lot of waiting and non-responses, especially from government departments, and the Eastern Cape Department of Education (ECDOE) is no exception. It is not unheard of for Read more >

Will the president finally cut out the rot, asks CW?

President Cyril Ramaphosa campaigned, and his party won the 2019 general election, on his record of tackling corruption in the 15 months following the demise of the corrupt Zuma regime, and on his commitment to intensify the fight against corruption following this election. He has now received a mandate from the electorate and Corruption Watch Read more >

Municipalities avoid explaining irregular procurement

In part two of our local municipality mini-series, we describe investigations relating to some municipalities which were reported to us for irregular procurement processes. Part one dealt with the 2019 Government Performance Index, released recently by Good Governance Africa. Corruption Watch gets most of its reports from people wanting to expose corruption in provincial government Read more >

Local municipalities in the spotlight

“The performance of local municipalities in South Africa is the indicator of the country’s heartbeat. Local municipalities are the closest institution to citizens; they reflect in great measure levels of citizen engagement – as recipients but also as contributors. In addition, local government shows, like no other indicator, the health of public institutions at the Read more >

Corruption tears apart the fabric of ordinary lives

By Kavisha Pillay and Deborah Mutemwa-TumboFirst published on Daily Maverick We live in a society where corruption has become a culture, a normalised act, a sickness of our being. Presidents, politicians, businessmen, false prophets and the like have tried to rope our nation into a state of submission, one that will tolerate the decay of Read more >

Rampant corruption impedes women’s rights 

By Sabeehah MotalaFirst published in The Sowetan Born on 27 April 1994, age-mate of South African democracy, it would be dishonest to say things are as I expected them to be at age 25. As a patriotic South African, I cannot ignore the legacy of inequality that apartheid left us with. Although I never lived Read more >

CW and R2K Seriti application set down for June 

The high court application lodged by Corruption Watch and Right2Know to review and set aside the findings of the Arms Procurement Commission (‘the Seriti Commission’) will be set down to be heard in June. While the Presidency, the first respondent, has indicated that it will not oppose the application, it has also indicated that it Read more >

Global healthcare systems are in need of healing

Since 2012, Corruption Watch has received over 500 reports detailing some of the hardships people endure when they visit government health facilities throughout South Africa. Corruption plays a big role in the deterioration of the country’s health system, which is now as sick as those whom it is supposed to treat and heal. The accused Read more >