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Dear Mr President

Dear Mr President I first wrote to you in 2012 asking you to take responsibility for your allegedly corrupt actions. Since then there’s been Guptagate, Public Protector spats, employment opportunities for your family, and Nkandlagate. You have operated with impunity, shifting the blame and avoiding responsibility. I know this letter will cause many to think Read more >

We need more than profit to grow a future

With South African general elections the biggest news story of the moment, citizens are more than ever conscious of the need to hold their leaders accountable for misuse of power and public funds. A number of corruption-related scandals that surfaced in the months leading up to 7 May gave many people cause to think carefully about Read more >

Parliament, part 3 – getting citizens involved

By Valencia Talane South Africa’s Parliament is the instrument whereby laws and policies of the country are proposed and their merits and legality debated on, before being passed, shelved for later discussion or discarded within a multi-party representation. The country’s Constitution allows for members of the general public to make submissions on laws or processes Read more >

Parliament, part 1 – its role in our society

By Valencia Talane How does Parliament serve you and me as ordinary citizens and why? How do members of Parliament come to sit in its houses? What is their purpose and who do they represent and why? With South Africa heading for its fifth elections since becoming a democracy, we answer these questions and more. Read more >

And the winner is … anti-corruption!

By Valencia Talane In a week where the world waited anxiously for the very popular Oscars, which centre on the film industry, conscientious citizens of the world were urged to participate in a different set of awards – ones that reward innovation in the all-important fight for transparency in governments and the eradication of corruption. Read more >

Small cricket clubs battered

By Zaheer Cassim Reggie Seane is the captain of the premier team at Kagiso Cricket Club, in Mogale City. He sits in a cold and grey change room conducting a meeting with four other men; they are discussing the state of the team. Outside, four junior players practice in the nets with tattered balls. Their Read more >