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 >

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 >

CW report highlights flaws in the mining royalties system

Today Corruption Watch (CW) launched its 2018 Mining Royalties Research Report, highlighting the complexities and challenges in the management and distribution of mining royalties to people living in mine-affected communities, the majority of whom remain without any tangible benefits.  Since 2004, South African law has decreed that mineral and petroleum resources belong to the people Read more >

Tshwane metro corruption a problem

By Kwazi Dlamini Corruption and the City of Tshwane metro municipality are no strangers to each other. In August last year municipal manager Moeketsi Mosola was suspended on allegations of corruption and tender irregularities, even as Corruption Watch (CW) was investigating other cases of corruption reported to be taking place at the municipality. However, in November Read more >

Tribunal: enough evidence to warrant further investigation

Today the People’s Tribunal on Economic Crime delivered its final findings to the public during an event at Johannesburg’s Constitution Hill. The tribunal sat earlier this year with the intention of focusing on three periods in South Africa’s history – the apartheid years, the 1999 arms deal, and state capture. Once the interim report was Read more >

Mnquma Local Municipality – a failure of governance

By Kwazi Dlamini Corruption-ridden Mnquma Local Municipality in the Eastern Cape, together with its district municipality, Amathole, seems to be in tatters. Mnquma is off the radar – it cannot be reached by the usual forms of communication, while e-mail addresses provided on the website are unresponsive. The telephone number, also provided on their website Read more >

CW raises concerns over unchecked corruption at refugee centre

Corruption Watch (CW) has today written to Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs in respect of the rampant corruption and maladministration that continues unabated at the Desmond Tutu Refugee Reception Centre in Marabastad, Pretoria – a dire state of affairs which has recently caused committee members to discuss the need for urgent steps to be Read more >

Unizulu again in midst of procurement controversy

By Kwazi Dlamini The University of Zululand (Unizulu) is not new to corruption allegations, harking back to the days of Blade Nzimande as minister of higher education and training, when former Vice-Chancellor Prof Chris De Beer headed up Unizulu. The alleged rife corruption at the institution led to the Department of Higher Education and Training Read more >

Whistle-blower ousted while accused principal remains

When wrong-doers are protected, whistle-blowers are often the ones who end up being punished, while the culprit smugly carries on with their shenanigans. So it was in the case of the misbehaving principal vs the school governing body (SGB) of Walter Sisulu Primary School in Olivenhoutbosch, Centurion. Gauteng Education MEC Payaza Lesufi went on national Read more >