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SA’s echoes of leaders who plundered their countries

By Mandisi MajavuFirst published in The Conversation One of the shameful achievements of the African National Congress (ANC) in its 25 years of governing post-apartheid South Africa is that it’s living up to the political stereotype of what is wrong with post-colonial Africa – unethical and corrupt African leaders who exercise power through patronage. The widespread corruption Read more >

Hawks are finally stepping up the pace

By Thato Mahlangu The arrest of ANC MP Bongani Bongo comes in the wake of mounting pressure and criticism on the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) from the public. The Hawks have been criticised for their inaction when dealing with criminal and corrupt activities done by high-ranking politicians, government officials and business people. A Read more >

Zuma stay of prosecution application dismissed

By Thato Mahlangu Former president Jacob Zuma’s application for a permanent stay of prosecution in his corruption-related case was dismissed with costs, in a judgment handed down by the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) High Court in Pietermaritzburg this Friday. BREAKING: the order thar dismisses Fmr President Jacob Zuma application for a permanent stay of his corruption prosecution Read more >

CSOs call for action re: Mahlangu and Hlongwa

Corruption Watch, Treatment Action Campaign and SECTION27 welcome the resignation of Brian Hlongwa from his post as Chief Whip of the African National Congress (ANC) in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature. This is after a Special Investigating Unit (SIU) investigation that commenced in 2010 as well as other legal processes to hold accountable those responsible for the Read more >

Scorpions’ downfall due to political interference

By Kwazi Dlamini The African Union declared 2018 the year of combating corruption on the continent. In South Africa, as more and more corruption scandals are uncovered, the country’s disadvantaged are no better off, while the rich are getting richer. Many of the latter gain their wealth by looting state coffers. South Africa has struggled Read more >

CW calls for vigilance after Zuma resignation

Corruption Watch greets President Jacob Zuma’s resignation with a mixture of joy and relief, and anger and resentment. Joy and relief because a critical obstacle in the way of renewing South Africa’s democracy has been removed; anger and resentment at the public resources that have been looted and the key institutions that have been crippled Read more >

Gordhan on BBC HARDtalk: why believe the Guptas?

By Gareth van Zyl First published on BizNews In an interview aired on BBC HARDtalk earlier in August, former finance minister Pravin Gordhan decried the levels of corruption in South Africa and how “disclosures” concerning one family, namely the Guptas, have revealed how the state has been hijacked. Gordhan now is just an ordinary MP Read more >

Ahmed Kathrada: a man of principle

We at Corruption Watch are deeply saddened by the passing of liberation stalwart Ahmed Mohamed Kathrada, who died in the early hours of Tuesday morning after complications following surgery earlier in March to relieve blood clotting on the brain. As an author, a scholar, a Rivonia trialist and struggle veteran, Kathrada was a voice of Read more >

Party manifestos – do they walk the talk?

There are always grand claims made around election time, and promises of the moon and the stars to voters who back the winning party. The claims and promises often fade into the background after the elections, only to resurface the next time around because nothing much has been done in the years between. Africa Check delved into Read more >