Don’t be intimidated by police – know your rights

By Zaheer Cassim It’s Friday evening, close to midnight. Aislinn Laing is in the car with her husband and her mother-in-law. Laing and her family are from England and are driving in a rental vehicle through Parkview, one of Johannesburg’s more affluent areas. It’s late and all they want to do is get home. Laing Read more >

Graft report release: eThekwini holds its breath

The eThekwini council is to respond today, Wednesday 29 February 2012, at a council meeting to allegations raised in the Manase and Associates report, which revealed R2.2-billion in irregular expenditure over a three-year period and implicates some high-ranking municipal officials and politicians.    The council was given 21 days to respond to the closely guarded 700-page Read more >

More clout needed for local govt watchdogs

Municipal public accounts committees (MPACs) are being presented as one of government’s most important tools in the fight against poor financial management and accountability at local level, but so far only 101 of 272 municipalities have set these up despite a November 2011 deadline.   Cash-strapped Limpopo had set up two MPACs by October 2011, Read more >

Corruption snapshot: 16 – 23 February

Zuma gets serious about graft, DA’s response President Jacob Zuma said in his State of the Nation debate reply that the South African government takes the fight against crime and corruption extremely seriously, adding that the Anti-Corruption Task Team is successfully tackling graft in both the public and private sectors. Zuma said the Anti-Corruption Task Read more >

Call for people to report corruption

22 January 2012 – Corruption Watch welcomes the Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan’s call for the public to report incidents of corruption to the new civil society initiative and official reporting channels.   “The call for people to speak out and report corrupt behaviour is integral to combating corruption,” said executive director, David Lewis.   Read more >

Budget tackles procurement, lease deals head-on

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s plans to fight corruption in state procurement and review all property leases was welcomed by political parties and labour, following the unveiling of South Africa’s R1-trillion budget on Wednesday 22 February 2012. Corruption in procurement and questionable leasing deals are costing government billions annually. Just the two police headquarter leases, for Read more >

Beware of ‘friends’ bearing gifts

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 When is a gift a bribe? I am a fairly senior civil servant on a decision-making panel that awards Read more >

Transparency International: Corruption perceptions index, 2011

Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index ranks countries according to perceived levels of public-sector corruption. It gives scores to 183 countries with 10 being “clean” and 0 being “highly corrupt”. The 2011 Index ranks New Zealand (9.5), Denmark (9.4) and Finland (9.4) top the list, with North Korea and Somalia at the bottom, both with a Read more >

UN Convention against corruption, 2003

Adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in October 2003, the Convention against Corruption tackles the scourge of corruption globally and affirms core values such as public accountability and transparency, honesty and respect for the rule of law. The Convention calls for the criminalisation of corruption in both the public and private sectors; sets out Read more >