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Outgoing DPP: ‘It’s been a privilege to serve’

By Kavisha Pillay and Sabeehah Motala First published by The Daily Maverick With about two months left before he vacates office, Deputy Public Protector (DPP) advocate Kevin Malunga sat down with Corruption Watch to reflect on the highs and lows of the past seven years, and the legacy he would wish to leave. Kevin Malunga Read more >

CW asks Parly to probe PP’s fitness to hold office

Today Corruption Watch submitted a letter to the Speaker of the National Assembly and the parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services, requesting the committee to exercise its oversight function and investigate whether the incumbent public protector is fit to hold office. The letter highlights the critical role played by the Office of the Read more >

Flouting constitutional duties will not be tolerated

The judgment handed down yesterday against the public protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, in the case of ABSA Bank and Others v the Public Protector and Others, is profoundly significant for a number of reasons. Christine Botha of the Centre for Constitutional Rights unpacks the significance of yesterday’s judgment, reminds us of the events leading up to Read more >

Whistle-blower protection a focus of IACD

There is a new anti-corruption task team (ACTT) in town, it means business and South Africans just have to keep watching this space. Delegates at the official international anti-corruption day event, held to mark the worldwide initiative and hosted by the government in Tshwane on Monday, 10 December, were told of a newly rejuvenated ACTT Read more >

Public protector Mkhwebane under fire

When asked in a recent interview how it makes her feel to see and hear mainstream and social media commentary referring to her office as not being independent, Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane simply replied: “It is easy for people to say that, when they have not heard the other side of the story.” She was Read more >

CW calls for removal of Adv Mkhwebane from office

Despite increasing questions from the public about the ability of Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane to fulfill her role as an independent public protector, Corruption Watch has been prepared to give her the opportunity to settle into a difficult position, and show her willingness to stand up to political pressure under the Zuma administration. However, after a Read more >

PP’s Vrede dairy farm report dubbed ‘whitewash’

By Kwazi Dlamini On Friday 9 February the Office of the Public Protector unexpectedly released the much anticipated report on the Vrede dairy farm. The report was anticipated not only because it implicated some senior ANC officials and the controversial Gupta family, but also because citizens have been waiting for the report for three years. Read more >

Corruption Watch urges Absa to act on the PP’s findings

Corruption Watch has urged Absa Bank to respect the public protector’s findings on the CIEX report, released yesterday, calling upon the bank to either repay the R1.125-billion bail-out granted by the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) to Bankorp Limited / Absa between 1986 and 1995, or otherwise launch a judicial review. David Lewis, executive director of Corruption Watch, commented: “Absa should immediately Read more >

100 days: Public Protector to expand access to services

A negative media image and political scoring at the expense of the credibility of her office are the only challenges keeping Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane awake at night. As for everything else, she has competent staff and the country’s sound legislative framework to guide her office through its tough mandate. It is with this attitude Read more >