Graft report: we won’t take no for an answer

Corruption Watch has entered into correspondence with the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government and eThekwini mayor to obtain a copy of the controversial 700-page Manase report, which revealed R2.2-billion irregular expenditure by the metro over the past three years. Corruption Watch – prompted by mounting outrage over the widespread abuse of public funds and resources – was Read more >

How the wife could get you into trouble

Dear Corruption Watch  I work for a parastatal and sit on some of the boards reviewing tender proposals.   My wife works for a business which often submits proposals to secure government work, but up until now has not pitched for business from the department where I work.   Her business will be doing so Read more >

Joburg MMC in hot water for lavish gifts

Matshidiso Mfikoe, currently the City of Johannesburg’s member of the mayoral committee (MMC) for public safety, is under investigation for misusing public money for her own benefit during her tenure as MMC for environment and corporate services prior to the local government elections in May 2011. Her mandate as portfolio head of environment placed City Read more >

Corruption Watch wants eThekwini graft report

By Chantelle Benjamin Corruption Watch has written a letter to the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government and eThekwini mayor requesting a copy of the controversial 700-page Manase report, which revealed R2,2-billion irregular expenditure by the metro over the past three years. The organisation’s executive director David Lewis said on Monday 12 March 2012 that they had filed Read more >

Cele inquiry made public for greater transparency

The decision to hold a public inquiry into allegations of misconduct against suspended police chief Bheki Cele was made in the interests of transparency, a senior government official has said. The inquiry began on 5 March 2012. A board was appointed in October 2011 in terms of sections 8(3)(a) and 9(1) of the Police Act, Read more >

Corruption snapshot: 1 – 8 March

Open-chequebook bribe unreported   An alleged attempt to influence one of South Africa’s biggest state tenders with an “open chequebook” bribe was effectively swept under the carpet by the high-level committee deliberating on it in 2008, it was recently reported in Mail & Guardian.   The bid-adjudication committee, chaired by top advocate Norman Arendse, failed Read more >

State corruption: junior staff, justice dept worst

Corruption is most likely to occur among lower level government employees and those employed within the justice cluster, which includes the police, courts and correctional services, according to a recently released report. The report, released to parliament by the Public Service Commission (PSC) in the first week of March 2012, probed financial misconduct in 39 Read more >

Our Speaker’s mouth-watering shopping list

The Speaker of the Gauteng legislature requested that her office buy groceries amounting to thousands of rand. The request was granted and was signed for by the head of finance. The shopping order for Lindiwe Maseko took place in March last year and was sent to the City Spar in Meyersdal, where groceries consisting mainly Read more >