Dept of agriculture and land reform needs a clean-up

By Deborah Mutemwa-Tumbo and Caroline JamesFirst published on Daily Maverick South Africa’s labour laws have been weaponised against people of integrity to facilitate corruption and state capture. The Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture (Zondo Commission) remains the story dominating news headlines in South Africa, and as one high-profile figure after another reveals Read more >

CW and R2K celebrate arms deal victory in court today

Today’s judgment handed down in the North Gauteng High Court vindicates the dogged efforts by civil society partners Corruption Watch and Right2Know Campaign (R2K) to have the findings of the Arms Procurement Commission (the Seriti Commission) reviewed and set aside. It also affirms the efforts of more than 40 civil society organisations and whistle-blowers that Read more >

Seriti commission’s findings set aside

The North Gauteng High Court has ruled to set aside the findings of the Seriti Commission of Inquiry investigating alleged corruption in the acquisition of arms by the South African government in 1999. The judgment follows an application by non-profit organisations Corruption Watch (CW) and Right2Know (R2K) to have the 2016 findings of the commission Read more >

Court to hand down Seriti judgment tomorrow

The North Gauteng High Court will tomorrow, 21 August, hand down judgment on the application brought forward by Corruption Watch and the Right2Know Campaign to review and set aside the findings of the arms deal commission. The commission was set up in 2011 by former president Jacob Zuma, who appointed Judge Willie Seriti, to head Read more >

A year of revelations at the Zondo Commission

By Valencia TalaneFirst published in The Sunday Independent Tuesday 20 August is the one-year anniversary of the public hearings of the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture. It had a relatively slow start, gaining momentum over the course of this year. The commission has heard evidence of alleged interference and corruption in state-owned entities Read more >

ConCourt to hear arguments on Electoral Act constitutionality

The Constitutional Court will tomorrow hear arguments around the the constitutionality (or unconstitutionality) of the Electoral Act, in the case of New Nation Movement NPC and Others v President of the Republic of South Africa and Others. The applicant, the New Nation Movement (NNM), is asking that the Electoral Act be amended to allow independent Read more >

The importance of PR in the fight against corruption

By Jason Kohn First published on the Global Anticorruption Blog It’s long been recognised that public relations (PR) is a crucial tool in the fight against corruption. This recognition is codified in the UN Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC), Article 13 of which requires state parties to “[u]ndertak[e] public information activities that contribute to non-tolerance of Read more >

Lifestyle audits around the corner for SA officials

By Mia HuntFirst published on Global Government Forum Patricia De Lille, the minister of public works and infrastructure, announced recently that “lifestyle audits” will be carried out on all senior staff in her department, in a bid to tackle corruption in government.  The news followed a renewed pledge by President Cyril Ramaphosa in his State Read more >

Are our whistle-blowers adequately protected?

Part one of our mini-series on South African laws that protect whistle-blowers focused mainly on the Protected Disclosures Act (PDA) – our main piece of legislation – and the key ways that it differs from international best practice. In part two we examine how the actual procedures for making a disclosure measure up. Once the Read more >