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Corruption Watch probes dodgy circumcision contract

Corruption Watch is investigating the Mpumalanga Health Department's decision to award a multimillion-rand contract "without tender" to circumcise 260 000 boys and men in the province, the Sunday Independent reported on the weekend. The civil society organisation is also querying why the contract was given to Mkhago Health Care Services, owned by Ebby Bongani Mkhabela, Read more >

Corruption Watch probes dodgy circumcision contract

Corruption Watch is investigating the Mpumalanga Health Department's decision to award a multimillion-rand contract "without tender" to circumcise 260 000 boys and men in the province, the Sunday Independent reported on the weekend. The civil society organisation is also querying why the contract was given to Mkhago Health Care Services, owned by Ebby Bongani Mkhabela, Read more >

Tlakula is missing the point

By Nicola Whittaker Recently, the spotlight has been on two pillars of our democracy, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and the Office of the Public Protector.  At the heart of the fight is a contract entered into by the IEC, now Chaired by Advocate Pansy Tlakula, and Abland (Pty) Ltd for the lease of the Read more >

Corruption Watch board sets the record straight

The Corruption Watch Board members emphatically affirm that no unions are presently being investigated – following recent false claims in the press that the organisation is probing at least four Cosatu-affiliated unions and “meddling in Cosatu power battles”. Corruption Watch received 1 500 cases of corruption from the public in 2012. Of the reports received, Read more >

Corruption Watch handles all complaints equally

The Corruption Watch Board has noted the recent allegations that Corruption Watch is using its investigative capacity to “meddle in Cosatu power battles”. The Board wishes to respond as follows: Corruption Watch received 1 500 cases of corruption from the public in 2012. Of the reports received, only 13 implicated unions. A preliminary investigation was Read more >

Public service needs a shake-up, Mr President

By Kavisha Pillay In a letter published in The Star newspaper earlier this month, President Jacob Zuma congratulated the public servants of South Africa who, he said, were improving the country. While it is commendable that many are indeed hard-working and honest individuals who strive to build the nation, the president paints a somewhat fantastical Read more >

How the lotteries board fights corruption

By Valencia Talane For a small village in Limpopo, a community centre provides shelter, meals and life-skills training, mostly to youth who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. The livelihood of such a centre depends on donations from the public and financial support from organisations that give to charities. The centre was one of more than 700 Read more >

Problems in North West

Municipalities in North West were hailed by the province’s leadership towards the end of 2012 for meeting auditor-general (AG) Terence Nombembe’s deadline for submitting their financial statements for that year – but what was not revealed at the time was that the achievement came with a R29-million bill for taxpayers. On Wednesday, Mail & Guardian Read more >

Public servants: know the code!

As Public Service and Administration minister Lindiwe Sisulu prepares to crack the whip on corrupt public servants, officials responsible for reporting graft and financial misconduct will have to get their act together to avoid trouble. This includes brushing up on the Public Service Code of Conduct and be certain of what exactly constitutes financial misconduct Read more >