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Zondo Commission – updates, analysis and other material

The Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture, Corruption and Fraud in the Public Sector including Organs of State Background and context of Corruption Watch’s interest in the state capture commission The work of Corruption Watch is driven by the reports of corruption that whistle-blowers bring to us. The success of the Zondo Read more >

Africa can clamp down on illicit flows by using AUCPCC effectively

By Sabeehah Motala Illicit financial flows (IFFs) are costing Africa $30-billion to $40-billion per year and have eroded African countries’ tax bases, hampering their abilities to respond effectively to Covid-19 emergency needs. Lockdown, states of emergency, and all the accompanying implications mean that developing states are more vulnerable than ever to the possibility of illicit Read more >

To defeat the coronavirus, stop corruption

By Tammy Kupperman ThorpFirst published on the Foreign Policy website As the coronavirus spreads around the world, the rushed global response could create opportunities for graft, including fraud and bribery stemming from critical emergency cash flows and medical supply shortages. If safeguards are not put into place quickly, the scale of this corruption could be Read more >

Coronavirus – assisting the spread of corruption

With Corruption Watch staff now working remotely, like millions of others in South Africa and around the world have been forced to do, methods and techniques of doing our jobs have to be adapted to suit the situation. Our parent organisation Transparency International has published a informative article on how to keep up the fight Read more >

Imposter charged with extortion, impersonation

By Thato Mahlangu Investigations into bribery allegations at a Pretoria driving licence testing centre led to the arrest of a police imposter who had been taking bribes from motorists. A joint operation by members of the South African Police Service’s (Saps) Gauteng anti-corruption unit and National Traffic Anti-Corruption Unit (NTACU) led to the arrest of Read more >

Doing business with corruption at border posts

By Sandra Sequeira First published on the International Growth Centre website When we think about the costs for the developing world to engage in international trade, what often comes to mind are the cost of tariffs, transport and non-tariff barriers, usually in the form of stringent regulatory requirements that the products they are trying to Read more >

FCPA successes still few and far between in SA

South Africa is one of numerous countries listed on an interactive online map of cases brought against and penalties paid by companies in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) cases. The FCPA is a US law that prohibits companies from securing or retaining business abroad by means of bribery. The map, titled Where the Bribes Are, 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 >