Targeting the corrupt ‘untouchables’

South Africa is experiencing an awakening of its civil society akin to the 1970s, when unions started to organise against an unjust political regime. This time it is against corruption and to protect a fragile democracy. The launch of Corruption Watch at the start of this year came as a welcome relief to many. Funded Read more >

Corruption Watch responds to JMPD official’s arrest

Corruption Watch finds it commendable that the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) is proving it can act tough on corruption, but a more systemic response to corruption is urgently needed. Executive Director, David Lewis, is responding to the City of Joburg’s press release which reports that a JMPD official has been arrested for soliciting a Read more >

JHB public safety MMC acts on JMPD corruption

The City of Johannesburg Public Safety Department applause the Johannesburg Metro Police Department's (JMPD) Internal Affairs Unit for conducting a swift arrest of a JMPD officer who allegedly solicited a R1000 bribe from a motorist.   On Tuesday 24 April 2012, an employee from the Zimbabwe Government lodged a formal complaint with the JMPD Internal Read more >

Joburg City welcomes corruption report

23 April 2012 – Johannesburg City welcomes allegations made against metro police by the Corruption Watch report and takes issues raised seriously. We believe criticism from the Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) can improve our service delivery initiatives and urge members of the public to urgently draw our attention on any shortcomings or wrongdoing they observe from Read more >

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 >