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CW welcomes R500bn stimulus, cautions against corruption

Corruption Watch welcomes President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement on 21 April 2020 of a range of social and economic measures to the tune of R500-billion, to counteract the severe impact of the coronavirus pandemic. There is no doubt that the human, social and economic cost of the current lockdown has already taken a heavy toll, in Read more >

Know your rights when dealing with police

Do you know what to do if you encounter a corrupt police officer, who asks you for a bribe? What happens if you’re arrested? Do you know what police abuse of power looks like? In each situation, you have clearly defined rights, and these may not be ignored. During the Covid-19 lockdown, when residents are Read more >

TI: sexual extortion rampant and unpunished worldwide

Study highlights significant gaps in policy and research with little action in most countries In advance of International Women’s Day on 8 March, a new report from Transparency International (TI) provides one of the most comprehensive overviews of sexual extortion or “sextortion” as a form of corruption around the world. The report highlights cases in Read more >

New CW report reveals grim state of corruption in policing

Corruption Watch’s new report, Corruption in Uniform, released today, looks at the alarming levels of corruption in policing in South Africa. Since the organisation’s inception in 2012, some 1 400 members of the public have felt concerned enough to share their experiences of corruption at the hands of the police. The leading categories of corruption Read more >

It’s Time – A FunDza / Corruption Watch story

Together with the FunDza Literacy Trust, we now publish our sixth youth-targeted story, It’s time for us to eat, a story about doing the right thing, even if it means your dreams will take a little longer to be realised. Catch up with our previous youth-focused stories, also produced in partnership with FunDza – Innocence Read more >

Innocence Betrayed – a FunDza/CW youth story

Together with the FunDza Literacy Trust, we now publish our fifth youth-targeted story, Innocence Betrayed, a story about abuse of power and how sometimes people in authority are seen to be untouchable. Catch up with our previous youth-focused stories, also produced in partnership with FunDza – Licensed to Lie, The Whistleblowers, Pay-off and Reputation Thieves. Read more >

State social, justice systems fail to protect abused pupil

In early 2017 Corruption Watch was alerted by a whistle-blower to a situation at Siphesihle Secondary School in Verulam, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) involving a 16-year old pupil and the principal of her school. The principal is alleged to have taken the learner to his house where he took advantage of the young woman by sexually abusing Read more >

The economics of corruption

By Zola Valashiya Remember that high school mantra “Crime doesn’t pay” that was constantly drummed into us growing up? Well, here’s the thing – crime is paying, and it is paying big. So much has happened in South Africa lately I cannot emotionally keep up. From grand airport heists to dubious cabinet reshuffles, and a Read more >