More than 500 cases reported to Corruption Watch in its first month

11 March 2012 – Municipalities, traffic cops, and the health sector were frequently mentioned in the corruption cases reported to Corruption Watch within its first month of operation. The civil society organisation, launched in late January, has received more than 500 complaints from around the country. Just less than half of the total number of Read more >

Our Speaker’s mouth-watering shopping list

The Speaker of the Gauteng legislature requested that her office buy groceries amounting to thousands of rand. The request was granted and was signed for by the head of finance. The shopping order for Lindiwe Maseko took place in March last year and was sent to the City Spar in Meyersdal, where groceries consisting mainly Read more >

Arms deal report must be made public, insists DA

If the arms deal inquiry is to have credibility the final report must be made public. "The fact is that we will never reach closure on the arms deal if President Jacob Zuma does not make the final report or parts of the final report of the arms deal commission of inquiry public," said DA Read more >

Call for people to report corruption

22 January 2012 – Corruption Watch welcomes the Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan’s call for the public to report incidents of corruption to the new civil society initiative and official reporting channels.   “The call for people to speak out and report corrupt behaviour is integral to combating corruption,” said executive director, David Lewis.   Read more >

Power to the People

The disease of corruption has permeated our society, resulting in serious effects on our young democracy. South Africa is at a tipping point, where delivery of basic services to vulnerable communities is threatened by corrupt politicians, public service officials, private companies and individuals. This act of bad faith diverts public resources to a few individuals Read more >

Stamping out corruption is everybody’s business

Take the Corruption Watch pledge to protect public funds from slippery fingers, urges Kate O’Regan in the Business Times. Corruption is a fundamental threat to our constitutional democracy. It is harmful because many forms of corruption divert public resources into private hands away from benefiting the public. This harms those in our society most dependent upon public Read more >

A web of watchdogs and whistle-blowers

How many of you reading this have experienced corruption in some form? You were asked for, or paid, a bribe; you work for a company that has secured lucrative state contracts through bribery or other inappropriate relationships; you are in a position of power and routinely dispense "favours" to those who need the services that Read more >

Corruption Watch: the ‘how’ – David Lewis

Corruption Watch: the ‘how’ – David Lewis   David Lewis Executive Director Corruption Watch   I want to start by thanking people who have been critical to getting CW off the ground. First, the guest speakers. I can’t tell you how important the support of Minister Radebe, Public Protector Madonsela and Comrade Zwelinzima Vavi and Read more >

Jeff Radebe’s speech at the Corruption Watch launch

Speech by Minister Jeff Radebe, Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, on the occasion of the Corruption Watch launch, Constitution Hill, Johannesburg, 26th January 2012   Programme Director; General Secretary of COSATU, Mr Zwelinzima Vavi; Public Protector, Adv Thuli Madonsela; Founders of the Corruption Watch Initiative; Distinguished Guests; Ladies and Gentlemen,   Allow me to Read more >