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 >

Clean cops face dim fate – union

By Chantelle Benjamin Traffic officers who choose not to get involved in corruption face being ostracised, intimidated or edged out of their positions, according to researchers and unions involved with metro police departments. The situation is unlikely to improve without proper remuneration and training, and the political will to hold officials accountable, the sources say, Read more >

Cosatu welcomes Mdluli judgment

Cosatu welcomed on Monday the Johannesburg Labour Court's decision to rescind the lifting of former crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli's suspension. “The federation urges the SAPS (SA Police Service), Hawks and Public Protector to urgently investigate all the extremely serious allegations made against him,” Congress of SA Trade Unions spokesman Patrick Craven said in a Read more >

Durban’s R2bn graft report handed over

By Chantelle Benjamin Ethekwini’s forensic Manase report, which implicated senior municipal officials and politicians in financial irregularities, fraud and corruption estimated at R2.2-billion, has been handed over to the special crime task team set up by the presidency. Meanwhile, the slow pace of internal disciplinary procedures against officials and councillors has been criticised, with only Read more >

Joint application to intervene in Mdluli matter

Corruption Watch (CW) and the Social Justice Coalition (SJC) have filed a joint application for leave to intervene as co-applicants in Part B of the matter of Freedom Under Law v National Director of Public Proseuctions, case No. 26912/2012 brought in the North Gauteng High Court.   In addition to the grounds of challenge raised Read more >

Disclosure should be mandatory

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: and mark your letter ‘Dear Corruption Watch’.   I represent a public interest organisation that aims to inform and educate the public on the Read more >

Ivory Park assault cops taken off streets

By Chantelle Benjamin Six Johannesburg metro police officers have been positively identified as having been involved in the April assault on Ivory Park residents Andries Ndlovu and Joseph Khumalo. The six, who took part in an identity parade on Wednesday 23 May, have been transferred to the metro police’s building in Loveday Street where they Read more >

Rhodes varsity takes active stand against graft

Rhodes University has become the first education institution in South Africa to publicly sign the Corruption Watch pledge to fight bribery and corruption.   The pledge signing ceremony, on 24 May, was initiated and hosted by the vice-chancellor’s office, in collaboration with Corruption Watch.   Speaking at the event, Vice-Chancellor Dr Salim Badat said pervasive Read more >