Latest CW report highlights erosion of democracy

Today Corruption Watch released its 2018 corruption report, Upholding Democracy, signalling the role of civil society and members of the public alike in exposing corruption and holding leaders to account during 2018. The many voices reflected in this year’s edition, which marks 25 years of freedom and democracy in South Africa, point to the impact Read more >

CW and CASAC call for review of candidate lists

It is widely accepted that Parliament and other legislative bodies were conspicuously absent from efforts mounted to combat the corruption and state capture that characterized the period of the Zuma administration. This responsibility was largely left to civil society organisations, investigative journalists and the courts while Parliament proved, at best, unable to exercise its considerable Read more >

CW report highlights flaws in the mining royalties system

Today Corruption Watch (CW) launched its 2018 Mining Royalties Research Report, highlighting the complexities and challenges in the management and distribution of mining royalties to people living in mine-affected communities, the majority of whom remain without any tangible benefits.  Since 2004, South African law has decreed that mineral and petroleum resources belong to the people Read more >

Resisting the looters who stole our human rights

Media Statement: Civil Society Working Group The struggle against state capture and corruption in South Africa is a struggle for human rights. This is why the current revelations at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture (the Zondo Commission) are important – they lay bare the various networks of looters in the public and private Read more >

CW launches mining royalties report

Corruption Watch will be launching a report titled Improving Transparency and Accountability in the Management and Administration of Mining Royalties and/or Community, in a series of community and stakeholder engagements that are scheduled to take place on 26 March in Johannesburg and 27 – 28 March in the North West province. The report examines the Read more >

Civil society organisations welcome new SIU Tribunal

SECTION27 and Corruption Watch welcome the establishment of the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) Tribunal and the appointment of senior judges to oversee this crucial task. This is an important and ground-breaking development led by President Cyril Ramaphosa, which demonstrates the government’s commitment to addressing corruption in a meaningful way. David Lewis, executive director of Corruption Read more >

CW weighs in on renewal of IPID head’s contract

On Friday, 22 February, Corruption Watch made a submission to Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Police (PCP) on the process to determine the renewal of the contract of the executive director of the Independent Police Investigating Directorate (IPID). The submission relates to Corruption Watch’s involvement as amicus curiae in the legal matter of Robert McBride and Read more >

CW defends IPID independence in McBride matter

                                                                                                                         On Thursday 7 February, Corruption Watch requested admittance as amicus curiae in the matter of Robert McBride and the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) vs the Minister of Police and the Portfolio Committee on Police (PCP) in the National Assembly. The organisation’s interest in the matter arises from the important constitutional issues it embodies, Read more >

CW files delinquency application re: former Eskom board

Corruption Watch, in the wake of long-standing poor governance at Eskom, has launched an application in the High Court in Pretoria, to have former Eskom board members declared delinquent. The application, which is brought in the public interest in terms of section 157(1)(c) of the Companies Act 71 of 2008, focuses on the violation of Read more >