Power to the People

The disease of corruption has permeated our society, resulting in serious effects on our young democracy. South Africa is at a tipping point, where delivery of basic services to vulnerable communities is threatened by corrupt politicians, public service officials, private companies and individuals. This act of bad faith diverts public resources to a few individuals Read more >

Paying bribes can be costly in the long run

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 My company has recently been engaged in a business transaction in Asia. We have a policy of consultation and Read more >

Massive press coverage of Corruption Watch launch

A firm sense of optimism and support dominated media coverage of Corruption Watch’s launch on Thursday 26 January, with newspapers, radio and TV all carrying accounts of the event. News coverage spanned the country and was as prominent in national publications and broadcasts as it was in community newspapers and radio reports, spreading the message Read more >

Stamping out corruption is everybody’s business

Take the Corruption Watch pledge to protect public funds from slippery fingers, urges Kate O’Regan in the Business Times. Corruption is a fundamental threat to our constitutional democracy. It is harmful because many forms of corruption divert public resources into private hands away from benefiting the public. This harms those in our society most dependent upon public Read more >

A web of watchdogs and whistle-blowers

How many of you reading this have experienced corruption in some form? You were asked for, or paid, a bribe; you work for a company that has secured lucrative state contracts through bribery or other inappropriate relationships; you are in a position of power and routinely dispense "favours" to those who need the services that Read more >

Corruption Watch: the ‘how’ – David Lewis

Corruption Watch: the ‘how’ – David Lewis   David Lewis Executive Director Corruption Watch   I want to start by thanking people who have been critical to getting CW off the ground. First, the guest speakers. I can’t tell you how important the support of Minister Radebe, Public Protector Madonsela and Comrade Zwelinzima Vavi and Read more >

Jeff Radebe’s speech at the Corruption Watch launch

Speech by Minister Jeff Radebe, Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, on the occasion of the Corruption Watch launch, Constitution Hill, Johannesburg, 26th January 2012   Programme Director; General Secretary of COSATU, Mr Zwelinzima Vavi; Public Protector, Adv Thuli Madonsela; Founders of the Corruption Watch Initiative; Distinguished Guests; Ladies and Gentlemen,   Allow me to Read more >

Over 1 000 Corruption Watch pledges in a day

Big names in South African politics and civil society have thrown their weight behind Corruption Watch, with the number of signatures on the organisation’s anti-graft pledge rising to well over 1 000 in a day. The web-based pledge explains its purpose: “The best way to stop corruption is for all of us to take a stand; Read more >

Corruption Watch launch trends on Twitter

With the launch of South Africa’s new civil society organisation Corruption Watch in Johannesburg on 26 January, the hashtag #corruptionwatch became the second-highest trending topic in South Africa on Twitter.   Hundreds of tweets were sent out from the launch itself at Constitution Hill, mainly from journalists such as City Press editor Ferial Haffajee, New Read more >