Unofficial ‘road tax’ eats into everyone’s pocket

On top of looming e-tolls and rapidly increasing petrol prices, South Africans are deeply affected by the “unofficial road tax” that is tjo-tjo. This is the now commonly used word, in township slang, describing bribes. The bribe is either demanded by a metro police officer to an errant motorist, or offered by said errant motorist Read more >

Anti-corruption champion hands over baton to the youth

When businessman Hugh Glenister launched a court action in an attempt to halt the disbanding of the Scorpions five years ago, everyone thought he wouldn’t go far. In fact, when he told his colleagues he was going to take on the government, they jokingly said “They’re going to take you out.” Even he didn’t anticipate Read more >

Stop bribing those traffic cops

Dear Corruption Watch    I am a taxi driver. I work long hours under stressful conditions. I try my best to keep my taxi in repair, obey traffic regulations and make a living for my family.   But sometimes I don't know what to do. The cops are always stopping us. Last month I got Read more >

Corruption Watch responds to JMPD official’s arrest

Corruption Watch finds it commendable that the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) is proving it can act tough on corruption, but a more systemic response to corruption is urgently needed. Executive Director, David Lewis, is responding to the City of Joburg’s press release which reports that a JMPD official has been arrested for soliciting a Read more >

JHB public safety MMC acts on JMPD corruption

The City of Johannesburg Public Safety Department applause the Johannesburg Metro Police Department's (JMPD) Internal Affairs Unit for conducting a swift arrest of a JMPD officer who allegedly solicited a R1000 bribe from a motorist.   On Tuesday 24 April 2012, an employee from the Zimbabwe Government lodged a formal complaint with the JMPD Internal Read more >

Corruption Watch fights Hawks Bill in parliament

Corruption Watch and its partner organisations remained firm in their stance in parliament this week, voicing opposition to the Hawks being located within the South African Police Service (SAPS). The joint presentation by Corruption Watch, the Open Society Foundation and the Legal Resource Centre was delivered during the final round of submissions on the SAPS Read more >

Joburg City welcomes corruption report

23 April 2012 – Johannesburg City welcomes allegations made against metro police by the Corruption Watch report and takes issues raised seriously. We believe criticism from the Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) can improve our service delivery initiatives and urge members of the public to urgently draw our attention on any shortcomings or wrongdoing they observe from Read more >

JMPD: Admit there’s a problem

According to Statistics SA, one in four Johannesburg drivers claimed to have been asked to pay a bribe to avoid a traffic fine in 2010. Surveys by Transparency International in 2010 and last year indicated that about one in three urban South Africans actually paid some form of a bribe to law enforcement officers during Read more >

Corruption snapshot 19 – 25 April

  SIU’s ability to investigate corruption at risk   Parliament warns that the Special Investigating Unit’s ability to investigate corruption in state departments will soon be dramatically curtailed as a result of budget constraints.   The Special Investigating Unit’s ability to investigate corruption in state departments will soon be dramatically curtailed as a result of Read more >