2018 Anti-Corruption Award recipient announced today

Today Transparency International (TI) announces the recipient of the 2018 Anti-Corruption Award. This year’s four shortlisted candidates – three individuals and one organisation – have risked their reputations and their lives in their determination to expose corruption. In one case, that life was lost. The four shortlisted candidates were selected from 169 nominated individuals and Read more >

Now is the time to act against corruption – 18th IACC kicks off

The 18th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) gets under way in Copenhagen, Denmark, today. Corruption Watch folk are there, as regular delegates and also as part of the Young Journalists programme. The theme for this year’s event is Together for Development, Peace, and Security: Now is the Time to Act. “Today’s polarised politics fuels many evils:  Populism and extremism, Read more >

The argument for an international anti-corruption court

By Richard Goldstone and Robert Rotberg First published on the Global Anticorruption Blog In a 2018 Daedalus article, senior US district judge Mark L. Wolf explained that The World Needs an International Anticorruption Court (IACC) and charted a course for its creation. In a recent post on this blog, Professor Alex Whiting characterised the IACC Read more >

Calling young activists against land corruption in Africa!

Transparency International (TI) is looking for young anti-corruption activists to bring fresh ideas to the problem of land corruption in Africa. The organisation believes that Africa’s youth have the potential to create new and exciting changes in their communities but are prevented from pursuing their dreams by corruption. In response to this undesirable situation, TI Read more >

Social media shines a light on corruption in Africa

By Gavin du Venage First published in The National Social media is helping shine a light on one of Africa’s greatest curses – corruption. This in turn is driving a new generation of leaders to put more energy than their predecessors did into fighting graft. In Angola, President João Lourenço has shut down the activities Read more >

EU golden visa programme a risky business

From time to time in the South African media, articles appear that talk about the various so-called golden visa programmes offered by several EU countries. This is essentially EU residency or citizenship and a passport in return for money – lots of it. A substantial investment in the country of choice will secure these benefits, Read more >

VBS Bank scandal revealed in explosive report

It started off as a small, wholly black-owned specialist corporate finance and retail bank, established in 1982. Today it is at the centre of what financial analyst Stuart Theobald, speaking this morning on the Classic Business Breakfast show, called “the most shocking example of bank fraud in South Africa’s history”. The Venda Building Society, now Read more >

Damning new evidence of failure by arms commission

This week Corruption Watch (CW) and the Right2Know (R2K) Campaign submitted damning new evidence to the High Court that the Arms Deal Commission failed to do its job. This is an important step in the civil society group’s ongoing challenge against the commission’s findings. The new evidence shows that the commission not only failed in Read more >

Nene resigns, Tito Mboweni is new finance minister

Nhlanhla Nene’s resignation as finance minister has been accepted by President Cyril Ramaphosa. Former Reserve Bank governor Tito Mboweni was announced as the new finance minister on Tuesday, following a week of speculation over the fate of Nene. For one, this means that the medium-term budget statement will be presented by South Africa’s third finance Read more >