What makes a tender dodgy?

By Chantelle Benjamin A recent probe by Corruption Watch into a R13.6-million Department of Transport communication tender, which revealed several serious irregularities, highlights problems faced by government in trying to police billions of rands’ worth of tenders annually. The Corruption Watch report, which was given to the public protector on Thursday 23 June, revealed a Read more >

SA sees SAPS as most corrupt within the state – survey

Two-thirds of South Africans believe the most corrupt government officials are in the national police service, followed by those in the Department of Home Affairs – these are among the findings recently released as part of a Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) survey. The study, on perceptions of corruption in the country, was conducted with Read more >

Tender fraud must be probed

Are you faced with an ethical dilemma? Are you witnessing corruption but don’t know what to do about it? Ask the team of Corruption Watch experts what to do by writing to: letters@businesstimes.co.za and mark your letter ‘Dear Corruption Watch’. Dear Corruption Watch, I’m newly appointed to a government position involving me in procurement. I’m Read more >

Giving us the ‘silent treatment’ makes MEC a zero

Our zero this week is embattled Gauteng MEC for local government and housing Humphrey Mmemezi, who seems to be using the same delaying tactics for answering about his “spending sprees” as Gauteng speaker Lindiwe Maseko. In a rather surprise move following the media splurge about his alleged credit card abuse and car damage, Mmemezi submitted Read more >

Fighting graft top of new police chief’s agenda

By Wilma den Hartigh South Africa’s new national police commissioner, General Magwashi Victoria Phiyega, addressed members of the media for the first time yesterday, 14 June, at a press conference in Pretoria. Phiyega’s appointment, announced by President Jacob Zuma earlier this week on Tuesday, came as a surprise as she is not from within the Read more >

Will new top cop cut it?

Heated reactions have followed the appointment of our first female police commissioner, Magwashi Victoria Phiyega. These range from optimism that her experience will help staunch corruption within and beyond the force, to outright disdain over her being a civilian – something the South African Policing Union (Sapu) says is an “insult to the country's police”. Read more >

Joburgers open up about cop corruption

In the weeks following our hard-hitting report on corruption within the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD), a string cases of alleged bribery and assault by police have been publicised, with the Ivory Park hawker incident and The Star’s recent coverage of alleged cop corruption in Bryanston among the most damning. Corruption Watch went undercover in Read more >

Real progress thanks to Mdluli judge

By David Lewis Real-life courtroom dramas are at their best when, without rhetorical flourish, a judge or advocate lays out a clear case by drawing on incontestable facts and unimpeachable arguments. By these standards, the handing down this week by Judge Ephraim Makgoba of his decision to interdict Lieutenant General Richard Mdluli and Minister of Read more >

Feisty vendor helps snag crooked cop

Fed up with the rampant corruption within the SAPS, Durban cigarette vendor Kuben Govender took matters into his own hands and helped police apprehend a crooked cop and two other men impersonating police officers who allegedly robbed him of R1 000 worth of cigarettes and solicited a further R400 from him. The suspects included a Read more >