Local government elections must go ahead in 2021, says ConCourt

On Friday 3 September the Constitutional Court dismissed the Independent Electoral Commission’s (IEC) application to postpone this year’s local government elections, scheduled for 27 October, to February 2022. The IEC had applied for the postponement, based on the recommendation of former deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke, who on 20 July released a report on the Read more >

NW treasury launches action plans for municipalities in financial distress

In a bid to improve the running of municipalities in the province, the North West provincial treasury is rolling out financial recovery plans for 14 particularly troubled entities.  Finance MEC Motlalepula Rosho announced the move in June 2021, while tabling the 2021/22 provincial budget. The targeted municipalities all have serious financial management and capacity challenges.   Read more >

How allies of Guptas gamed SA’s diamond trade

By Brenda Smith First published on OCCRP South Africa’s Gupta family is the subject of a sprawling commission that’s probing years of theft of state resources. An OCCRP investigation uncovers new details about how the family’s close allies systemically undervalued and sold off tens of millions of dollars’ worth of diamonds. The course of South Read more >

Infrastructure sector gets dedicated anti-corruption forum

By Kwazi Dlamini Corruption Watch (CW), together with other government institutions, joins a new specialist anti-corruption forum focusing on the construction and infrastructure sector. The Infrastructure Built Anti-Corruption Forum (IBACF) aims to prevent and fight corruption in the implementation of the infrastructure investment plan. The investment plan seeks to address a history of massive infrastructure Read more >