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When anti-corruption activism and art intersect

On 9 December, International Anti-Corruption Day (IACD), Corruption Watch (CW) took to the streets again as part of its activism work on that day. Well, we took to a particular street corner – Jan Smuts Avenue and Empire Road – for a morning of colour, creativity, and paint. Johannesburg residents will be instantly aware that Read more >

Youth report reveals their vulnerability to corruption

The theme of this year’s International Anti-Corruption Day (IACD) is Recover with Integrity. The event is held annually on 9 December and was set up by the UN to raise awareness of the devastating impact of corruption, and to look back on the year and assess progress in the fight to eradicate the scourge. While Read more >

Our future is at risk from corruption, say SA youth in CW report

A report released by Corruption Watch today, Our Future is not for Sale, highlights the devastating impact of corruption on the lives of young people in South Africa, and how their prospects have been affected by the pervasiveness of corruption in the country.  On this International Anti-Corruption Day (#IADC2020), the report draws attention to the Read more >

Download our FunDza youth stories as e-books!

Between 2015 and 2018 we published a series of six corruption-related stories aimed at our youth supporters. The stories were developed in collaboration with the FunDza Literacy Trust, and reflect real-life scenarios that many young people find themselves in. Problems with an NSFAS student loan, exposing driver’s licence corruption, deciding whether to blow the whistle Read more >

SA police: Neither serving nor protecting GBV victims

By Sabeehah MotalaFirst published on News24 Before Parliament are three very important bills, amending various laws, all in the name of dealing with gender-based violence (GBV). So what are we, as an anti-corruption organisation, doing sticking our nose into GBV matters? Firstly, theoretical background is very important. A feminist conception of corruption leverages on the Read more >

Fishrot whistle-blower did it despite the risks

In 2014 the stench of corruption began to rise from the operations of Icelandic fishing company Samherji in Namibia, and its former MD Jóhannes Stefánsson noticed. Two years later, he left his job to expose an extensive cash-for-quota scandal through a trove of 30 000 documents and e-mail correspondence handed over to WikiLeaks, who made Read more >

CW: swoop on corrupt officials in VBS scandal to be applauded

The second wave of arrests of individuals involved in the looting of VBS Mutual Bank, this time focused on municipal officials, represents an important step towards holding accountable those responsible for one of the most blatant abuses of resources intended for the provision of basic services. The first arrest in this second phase took place Read more >

CW welcomes Bongo arrest and commends whistleblower

Corruption Watch welcomes the arrest of Bongani Bongo, ANC Member of Parliament and former minister of state security. Bongo is alleged to have offered a bribe to a parliamentary official, Advocate Ntuthuzelo Vanara. At the time Advocate Vanara was evidence leader in the parliamentary investigation of Eskom. It is alleged that Bongo had offered him Read more >

VBS Bank scandal revealed in explosive report

It started off as a small, wholly black-owned specialist corporate finance and retail bank, established in 1982. Today it is at the centre of what financial analyst Stuart Theobald, speaking this morning on the Classic Business Breakfast show, called “the most shocking example of bank fraud in South Africa’s history”. The Venda Building Society, now Read more >