Gordhan shows way forward for cleaner public corporations

By David Lewis First published in Business Day Pravin Gordhan’s recent presentation to the parliamentary portfolio committee on public enterprises does indeed portend a “new dawn” for state-owned enterprises (SOEs). These massive corporations, many of which are producing critical basic goods for the country’s public and industry, have been front and centre of the plunder Read more >

It’s Time – A FunDza / Corruption Watch story

Together with the FunDza Literacy Trust, we now publish our sixth youth-targeted story, It’s time for us to eat, a story about doing the right thing, even if it means your dreams will take a little longer to be realised. Catch up with our previous youth-focused stories, also produced in partnership with FunDza – Innocence Read more >

Corrupt people care little for those who are vulnerable and poor

By Melusi Ncala First published in City Press The real, unavoidable tragedy of corruption in any society is its sociopolitical effect. The poor lose out and the well connected, politically or otherwise, gain at their expense. This is notable in Transparency International’s 2017 study, which links corruption and socio-economic disparities based on the Corruption Perception Read more >

No country for honest men

By Mzukisi Makatse First published on Politicsweb OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT CYRIL RAMAPHOSA Dear President Ramaphosa, I am an ordinary citizen of no particular significance except for my love and commitment to a functional South Africa and its people. As a result of my ordinary status, I understand that this letter and its contents may Read more >

Duduzane Zuma’s arrest a result of many contributions

By David Lewis First published in the Sunday Times Reading Jacques Paauw’s The President’s Keepers, I discerned two wings of the Zuma family’s commercial empire. The first could be described as their ‘business’ interests with the Guptas as their primary, if not exclusive, partners. Jacob Zuma’s son Duduzane exercised oversight of these family interests. The Read more >

SA’s state office bearers must keep moral compass steady

By David Lewis First published in Business Day Given that burgeoning corruption was the principal basis for removing the Zuma government, progress on this front features prominently in the assessments of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s first 100 days in office. Short-term gains in tackling corruption are important and, some disappointments notwithstanding, the new administration has done Read more >

A nation’s fight against corruption and injustice

By Kavisha Pillay First published on News24 Time is constant; it is represented through change. Time is a concept that we usually take for granted – we believe that it will always be there, that we will always have enough of it, and that there will always be more. Unfortunately, ours is a country where Read more >

Looking back, looking ahead

By Mavuso Msimang First published in City Press “O tempora! O mores!” Attributed to Cicero, the illustrious Roman philosopher and statesman who was greatly admired for his humanism, this lament literally translates into “Oh the times! Oh the customs!” It couldn’t be more appropriate for South Africa today. Cicero was commenting on the viciousness and Read more >

Zuma corruption trial: will his lawyers appeal?

By Pierre de Vos First published on Constitutionally Speaking We all know that when former President Jacob Zuma said many years ago that he wanted his day in court so that he can answer allegations that he is guilty of racketeering, corruption, money laundering and fraud, he was not being honest. Instead his lawyers have Read more >