Elections and the dirty game of disinformation

By Janine Erasmus At face value, the activity of electioneering appears to be well-intentioned – a simple act of campaigning for your political party of choice – but dirty tricks and manipulation abound when election campaigning goes into full swing and politicians’ consciences are nowhere to be found. Politicians often play on voters’ desperation and Read more >

New CW report shares insights on perceptions, impact of corruption

Corruption Watch (CW) releases today a new report assessing the profound impact of corruption on people’s lives, titled The Impact of Corruption: Insights from a Perceptions and Experiences Survey. This research study aims to highlight the perceptions, characteristics, and experiences of corruption, and the prevalence of corrupt practices within both the public and private sectors Read more >

Empty tender defaulters register is a systemic failure in accountability

By Kirsten Pearson In a nation gripped by the effects of corruption on service delivery and human rights realisation, one would expect all available accountability mechanisms to be used to stem maladministration. Yet, despite the South African public bearing witness to years of revelations of grand corruption via the state capture commission, a critical tool Read more >

Will Gordhan’s legacy be harmed by recent events?

By Moepeng Valencia Talane – CW Voices Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan recently told Parliament in a written response to a question that state entities under his watch for the past five years, which include Eskom, Transnet and South African Airways (SAA), had lost over R200-billion to corruption in that period. He has also announced Read more >

Support for ConCourt and the law, irrespective of outcome 

We, the undersigned organisations, call on all stakeholders to respect the decision of the Constitutional Court in relation to the Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa’s (IEC) appeal to be heard on 10 May 2024.  The IEC is appealing a recent judgment by the Electoral Court. This judgment overturned the IEC’s decision to uphold an Read more >

African land corruption and its impact explored in webinar

Corruption Watch’s work in helping to expose and address corruption in the land sector is part of an international research project on how corruption affects the most marginalised of our communities in this regard. The project, overseen by Transparency International, has resulted in the recent release on 19 April 2024 of a report, This Beautiful Read more >

Corruption, discrimination and land rights in Sub-Saharan Africa

Source: Transparency International The rising demand for land due to the global food crisis, climate change, rising sea levels, desertification, and extreme weather events, all limit its availability and accessibility. As global crises exacerbate inequalities, people who experience discrimination see their land rights affected the most. An earlier 2021 report by the Equal Rights Trust Read more >