FATF issues update on SA’s grey list progress

In its latest update on South Africa’s progress in addressing shortcomings in its anti-money laundering/counter financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) regime, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) noted that the country had taken steps to correct the deficiencies, though the work is not yet complete. The organisation published the update on 23 February 2024, after the Read more >

Shooting the messenger: standard practice for corrupt governments

Image: Freepik image generator Source: Transparency International As Transparency International’s official chapter in South Africa, Corruption Watch keeps a keen eye on the activities of our fellow chapters around the world. When those chapters are baselessly attacked for doing their work, it resonates with us because we, too, have experienced this unpleasantness. It’s something anti-corruption Read more >

Make your voice count in govt – comments wanted, deadlines near

One of Parliament’s primary oversight functions relates to law-making – this encompasses passing new laws, amending existing laws, and repealing or abolishing old laws. This function is guided by the Constitution of South Africa, which governs and applies to all law and conduct within South Africa. Part of that function includes soliciting comments from members Read more >

2023 CPI: SA continues downward trajectory on corruption

Anti-corruption movement Transparency International (TI) today released the 2023 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), which paints a bleak picture of South Africa’s progress. Dropping below the global average, the country has lost a further two points since last year on the leading global index measuring perceptions of public sector corruption around the world. Since Corruption Watch Read more >

CW seeks answers on Sodi blacklisting after Hammanskraal water tragedy

Image: Power 98.7 on X Corruption Watch has written to the National Treasury, seeking clarification on the status of the City of Tshwane’s (CoT) intention to blacklist controversial businessman Edwin Sodi’s companies, NJR Projects and Blackhead Consulting. This relates to the cholera outbreak in Hammanskraal in May 2023, in which several people lost their lives. Read more >

Procurement Reform Working Group says bill is deficient and dangerous

Statement issued by the Procurement Reform Working Group (PRWG) – 12 December 2023 Parliament’s National Assembly has passed the Public Procurement Bill, sending it to the National Council of Provinces. This Bill is among the most consequential statutes advanced by President Ramaphosa’s administration. It will govern South Africa’s trillion rands of annual procurement expenditure, a Read more >

Special Investigating Unit on progress in tackling construction mafia

The activities of the so-called construction mafia have, over the past year or so, become an important discussion topic in South Africa. Groups associated with the mafia have disrupted infrastructure development, intimidated communities and workers, demanded protection money, and exploited procurement and supply for their own profit. The construction mafia, like other such groupings, is Read more >

ED’s end-of-year message to all CW supporters

Corruption Watch’s executive director Karam Singh shares his thoughts and reflections on the year now all but behind us, in this letter to the organisation’s many supporters. Dear supporter 2023 was an impactful year for Corruption Watch (CW) – not only for our team, but for the country, and all those working to end corruption. The Read more >