JMPD: Admit there’s a problem

According to Statistics SA, one in four Johannesburg drivers claimed to have been asked to pay a bribe to avoid a traffic fine in 2010. Surveys by Transparency International in 2010 and last year indicated that about one in three urban South Africans actually paid some form of a bribe to law enforcement officers during Read more >

Joint media statement: SAPS Amendment Bill

Institute for Security Studies Open Society Foundation Corruption Watch APCOF   In order for government to comply with the Constitutional Court judgement in the Glenister case, parliament needs to draft legislation that would ensure that South Africa’s anti-corruption body (currently the Hawks) is protected from political interference and influence. It is the duty of the Read more >

One in four JHB drivers asked for bribe – research

Releasing its report into bribery in the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD), Corruption Watch has called on the City of Johannesburg to “get real” and recognise the high extent of traffic cop bribery on the roads. Read the full report here. The civil society organization is also launching a nationwide “no more tjo-tjo” campaign to Read more >

Prudence needed in Walmart deal

David Lewis, the head of Cosatu’s Corruption Watch, is not given to outbursts but he is prone to speaking his mind in a considered and rather fearsome fashion. As a former Competition Tribunal chairman and as an academic well-versed in industrial policy, it is probably worth paying some attention to his considered thoughts on the Read more >

Bill would hinder fight against graft

If the Protection of State Information Bill is passed in its present form, the fight against corruption will become insurmountable, whistle-blowers and journalists would face unjust jail sentences, and the poor will have less chance of access to the services to which they are entitled. These were among the arguments put forward by civil society, Read more >

New corruption watchdog to monitor nuclear tenders

Tenders related to government’s plans to build up to three nuclear power plants will be monitored by new non-governmental organisation Corruption Watch, says its executive director David Lewis.   Addressing the Cape Town Press Club on Wednesday, Lewis said there was a common fear that the new procurement for energy programme could "dwarf the arms Read more >

Information Bill gets a beating in parliament

The Protection of State Information Bill came in for a sustained pummelling in Parliament yesterday when organisations representing the fields of media, law, human rights and the fight against corruption unanimously rejected the bill in its current form. Corruption Watch, launched by Cosatu eight weeks ago, detailed how it believed the bill could undermine the Read more >