Send the Guptas back: SA needs the UAE’s help to fight corruption

By David Lewis and Michael F. BreenFirst posted on Foreign Policy    US president Joe Biden launched a new initiative last month to focus the government on the fight against corruption, a struggle he called “essential to the preservation of our democracy and our future.” The stakes are indeed high, and Biden was right to Read more >

Corruption should be a laughing matter, when humour is a weapon

By Brooke DaviesFirst posted on the Glocal Anticorruption Blog Corruption is a serious matter—it sucks away public finances, undermines good governance, ends livelihoods, and consumes lives. It’s therefore understandable that many anti-corruption activists centre much of their work on getting people to take corruption seriously. But despite the underlying gravity of the problem, sometimes a Read more >

Why effective local government is important beyond 2021

By Stuart MbanyeleSource: Good Governance Africa Corruption, political instability, unskilled or unqualified appointees, mismanagement – there are some of the factors underscoring the continued poor performance of municipalities across the country. But local government elections place the power to change this lamentable situation in the hands of the people, giving them the chance to elect Read more >

Corruption thrives under Covid-19 – the story of the Balomiti community

By Mashudu MasuthaFirst published on Transparency International Australia In the North West province, just north-west of Johannesburg, stretch lucrative chrome deposits. There, a new chrome mine opened in March 2020 – right in the middle of South Africa’s hard lockdown restrictions to manage the Covid-19 pandemic. This came as a surprise to the Balomiti community Read more >

Bapo ba Mogale’s traditional governance, political interference woes

By Mashudu MasuthaFirst published on Transparency International Australia Bapo ba Mogale (Bapo Community) is a traditional community, sitting on incredibly rich platinum deposits in the North West province of South Africa. Mining in the area has a long history, stretching back to 1969 when Lonmin platinum mine opened, now owned by Sibanye Stillwater. During the Read more >

Court orders are no obstacle for stubborn government officials

Image: Centre for Environmental Rights By Matshidiso DibakwaneFirst published on Maverick Citizen The failure and unwillingness of the North West provincial government to release the findings of the Mafereka commission of inquiry — despite requests under the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA), a high court order and correspondence addressed to the North West Read more >

Land reform under fire – govt agenda disadvantages most vulnerable

By Melusi Ncala and Mashudu MasuthaFirst published in The Star The recent legislative amendments throughout the South African land reform space have also failed to full the constitutional obligation to provide adequate housing and protection of ownership rights. This has caused serious discontent among the destitute in urban and periurban areas as well as the Read more >

The perils of over-criminalising sports corruption

By Ubong UdoeyoFirst published on the Global Anticorruption Blog Although the fight against corruption has traditionally focused on corruption in government, the anti-corruption community has started to pay more attention to corruption in other spheres. One particularly prominent concern is corruption in sports. This topic includes not only corruption in the major sports associations (think Read more >