Our ongoing work against corruption has been reported in several newspapers in the last few days – a clear indication that we are making an impact!
Corruption Watch’s recent report on bribery hotspots specifically involving the JMPD has prompted the police force into taking action. According to newspaper reports, an undercover police agent driving an expensive car set himself up as a tempting target for corrupt police officials.
The agent reportedly placed an empty beer bottle in plain sight of police officers, four of whom were unable to resist the opportunity.
They allegedly asked for a hefty bribe from the driver, who paid up once he had negotiated the demand down to R4 400, from an initial R8 000. Once the four officers had pocketed the cash, another police team swooped in and arrested them. The four have appeared in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court and were given bail, two of R5 000 and two of R3 000.
Read the full story in the Sunday World here.
Corruption Watch has also made the news with regard to its Constitutional Court appearance last week – the organisation is a friend of the court in the R10-billion tender case of losing bidder Allpay against the South African Social Security Agency and the winning bidder of the tender, Cash Paymaster Services.
Read the story in the Times here.
Finally, our probe into the Mpumalanga Health Department's decision to award, without putting it out to tender, a multimillion-rand contract to circumcise 260 000 boys and men in the province, again made the pages of the Sunday Independent over the weekend.
Initially the newspaper reported on the investigation, but has now revealed that health minister Aaron Motsoaledi is getting involved, and has asked the provincial health department for an explanation.
Read the full story as published on IOL News, here.
You can do your bit to fight corruption by reporting it to us – there are a number of ways to do this:
- You can fill in our online form (and you can also sign the pledge against corruption)
- You can call our office on 011 447 1472
- You can send an SMS containing the word BRIBE to 45142 (R1 per SMS)
- You can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- You can post a snail-mail letter to PO Box 113, Parklands, 2121.
Our ongoing work against corruption in three separate cases has been reported in several newspapers recently – a clear indication that we are making an impact in the fight to clean up our country.