SA again a lacklustre performer on 2019 CPI

The 2019 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), released today by Transparency International (TI), does not bring any good news for South Africans weary of the never-ending looting, incompetence and malfeasance that have characterised the country in recent years. The darker the colour, the more corrupt the country is perceived to be. Using a scale of zero Read more >

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In November 2018, Corruption Watch was one of four recipients of the Google Impact Challenge award – a nationwide competition aimed at improving inequality through innovation. Our innovation seeks to improve transparency and facilitate public involvement in the South African Police Service. We are now in the process of developing the product and we’re asking Read more >

Cambridge Analytica and the end of elections

By Nanjala Nyabola First published on Al Jazeera The latest Cambridge Analytica leaks show just how compromised voting – one of the pillars of democracy – has become. In the early hours of 1 January 2020, a Twitter handle, @hindsightfiles, allegedly run by Brittany Kaiser, a former employee of Cambridge Analytica, shared confidential documentation regarding the involvement Read more >

Doing business with corruption at border posts

By Sandra Sequeira First published on the International Growth Centre website When we think about the costs for the developing world to engage in international trade, what often comes to mind are the cost of tariffs, transport and non-tariff barriers, usually in the form of stringent regulatory requirements that the products they are trying to Read more >

Has Mthimkhulu paid back Prasa millions?

By Thato Mahlangu It is unclear if a former employee of the troubled state-owned Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa), who was ordered to back millions by a high court last year after forging his university qualifications, has done so. Fake Prasa Dr Daniel Mthimkhulu loses bid for leave to appeal R5.7m judgment https://t.co/shZz0YPAbX Read more >

Why we will not engage with G20’s civil society process in 2020

• A group of protesters holding placards bearing the slogan Stop Arming Saudi Arabia. Image: Alisdare Hickson. Issued by Transparency International Secretariat The annual G20 summit often seems like a talking shop for the world’s most powerful governments. The leaders of 19 of the largest national economies plus the European Union get together, shake hands Read more >

Robben Island prisoners’ organisation cries foul

• An ariel view of the Robben Island. Image: Supplied. By Thato Mahlangu Allegations of corruption and poor governance levelled against management of the Robben Island Museum (RIM) board have been dismissed by its acting chairperson Khensani Maluleke. According to Maluleke and chairperson of the Ex-Robben Island Political Prisoners Association (EPPA) Stan Motimele, claims made by Read more >

FCPA successes still few and far between in SA

South Africa is one of numerous countries listed on an interactive online map of cases brought against and penalties paid by companies in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) cases. The FCPA is a US law that prohibits companies from securing or retaining business abroad by means of bribery. The map, titled Where the Bribes Are, Read more >