Weak public governance enables water sector corruption

Corruption in the water and sanitation sector in South Africa has put the water security of businesses and households, and indeed the entire country, at risk. The impacts are severe. Corruption Watch and the Water Integrity Network today released an important report, Money down the Drain:  Corruption in South Africa’s water sector, which examines the Read more >

Efforts to end tax crime yield success

By Thato Mahlangu The South African Revenue Service (Sars) has been working hard to make sure that disobedient citizens are made to account for failure to comply with the law. Sars, through a statement, said on 28 February 2020 it had won a 10-year battle court against a “non-compliant taxpayer” after the constitutional court dismissed Read more >

TI: sexual extortion rampant and unpunished worldwide

Study highlights significant gaps in policy and research with little action in most countries In advance of International Women’s Day on 8 March, a new report from Transparency International (TI) provides one of the most comprehensive overviews of sexual extortion or “sextortion” as a form of corruption around the world. The report highlights cases in Read more >

SA properties firm a possible money laundering conduit

By Ray Mahlaka First published by Daily Maverick The Estate Agency Affairs Board has always been considered a bit toothless. So the sanctions Pam Golding Properties could face if found guilty of aiding money-laundering transactions are probably lightweight. But the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) might also get involved, and the penalties may be more severe. Read more >

Zondo Commission granted an extension

By Bernadette WicksFirst published by The Citizen The North Gauteng High Court has granted a second extension to the Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture, giving the commission another year in which to complete its work. The Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture has been given until the end of March Read more >

Set the Apartheid Secrets Free!

We, the undersigned organisations and individuals committed to justice for historical crimes and social justice in South Africa write in support of the South African History Archive. On Tuesday, 03 March 2020 it faces the next round in an epic battle against the South African Reserve Bank in the Bloemfontein Supreme Court of Appeal. This Read more >

A report on corruption in the water sector to be released

Corruption Watch and the Water Integrity Network (WIN) invites members of the media to the launch of the report MONEY DOWN THE DRAIN: corruption in South Africa’s water sector to be held on 12 March 2020, at Constitution Hill, Johannesburg. This report, commissioned by the two organisations, aims to understand and interrogate the drivers of Read more >

BJC disappointed by Mboweni’s bleak budget

The 2020 budget proposals risk further harm to the economy by slashing funding for socio-economic development. The minister of finance, Tito Mboweni began his 2020 budget speech with a return to the analogy of the resilient aloe ferox that “survives and thrives when times are tough”. The Budget Justice Coalition (BJC) contends that while the Read more >

CW to engage mining-affected communities in KZN

Corruption Watch will be conducting a series of engagements with mining-affected communities in Dannhauser, Newcastle, from 3 to 5 March 2020. These meetings will look into the challenges faced by these communities relating to the administration of mining royalties. Through this consultative process, the organisation will be able to identify the main challenges facing the Read more >