Public Protector to investigate Motlanthe’s partner

By Chantelle Benjamin 20 March 2012 – Public Protector Adv Thulisile Madonsela said she will hold a preliminary probe into allegations that Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe's partner Gugu Mtshali was involved in an attempt to solicit a bribe for government support for a R2-billion deal sanctions busting deal with Iran.  There was some concern that the investigation would not go ahead after Read more >

Dismantling the corruption web

20 March 2012 – Corruption in South Africa is institutionalised and widespread. People have been caught red-handed from various institutions of government. The corrupt activities are perpetuated by politicians, public servants, private companies and ordinary citizens. We entered into the new South Africa unprepared. Although corruption is a global cancer, South Africa can do better. Read more >

Corruption insults those who fought for freedom

The high levels of corruption in South Africa should be seen as a form of sacrilege of the graves of those who died fighting for freedom in Sharpeville on March 21 1960 and elsewhere in the country. Corruption is undermining the very rights that many sacrificed to gain. Mind you, Sharpeville is the very place Read more >

Sekunjalo story won’t go away

Somehow, the Sekunjalo story won't go away. Now the Competition Commission has issued a statement saying that the multimillion-rand tender to combat illegal fishing along the South African coastline was being investigated. Competition commissioner Shan Ramburuth said the commission was particularly concerned about the allegations of bid rigging made against Sekunjalo after it emerged that Read more >

Any wrongdoing must be reported to police

Dear Corruption Watch I run a small business that is dependent on a single contract with a government department. I have evidence that the person who manages our supplier status is corrupt. If I blow the whistle, can I ensure our company doesn't lose the government business we need, or does South Africa's whistle-blower protection Read more >

Special unit leads to 16 arrests in Western Cape

By Chantelle Benjamin 16 March 2012 – The Western Cape government's efforts to combat fraud and corruption are yielding results, with the work of its specialised unit leading to the arrest of 16 people, including former health department employees, in George. The Western Cape's Forensic Investigation Unit, which is unique in that it partners with Read more >

Gauteng speaker investigated for tender, funds

15 March 2012 – A full investigation is underway into speaker of the Gauteng Legislature Lindiwe Maseko’s conduct, after media reports on alleged conflict of interest relating to a tender and the misuse of public funds. The investigation, formally announced on Friday 2 March, is being run by the Legislature’s Integrity Commissioner. It is headed Read more >

Corruption snapshot: 9 – 15 March

Motlanthe linked to bribes?   Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe's romantic partner Gugu Mtshali has allegedly been linked to a scheme to ‘'buy” government approval for a plan to sell helicopters to Iran, according to a report by the Sunday Times.   Mtshali, former De Beers executive Raisaka Masebelanga and others allegedly met with representatives of Read more >

Sekunjalo fishes for tender

By Chantelle Benjamin                                                                             15 March 2012 – A multimillion-rand tender by Sekunjalo to combat illegal fishing along the South African coastline is being investigated by the Competition Commission. The company’s R800-million tender is for the Department of Agriculture Forestry and Fisheries. Competition commissioner Shan Ramburuth said on Wednesday 14 March that the commission was particularly Read more >