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Vavi: show me proof and I’ll step down

Cosatu general secretary and Corruption Watch board member Zwelinzima Vavi has strongly denied reports that he was involved in corrupt dealings relating to the procurement of the federation’s new building. "I will never ever use the powers I have as general secretary of the federation to steal from the very downtrodden members of the federation, Read more >

Zuma address: substance lacking

President Jacob Zuma’s 2013 State of the Nation Address, delivered yesterday evening, did not impress much. His message on corruption lacked a critical element of redress – accountability. Zuma did a reasonably good job of hailing the work done by those organs of state tasked with fighting the corruption that has worried many South Africans Read more >

Arms-deal probe latest: ‘Zuma, Seriti must act’

If the allegations of conflict of interest within the Arms Deal probe by a former investigator are found to be true, and evidence of corruption surfaces, then President Jacob Zuma should dismiss the commissioners. This is the view of Hennie van Vuuren, co-author of The Devil in the Detail and fellow at the Open Society Read more >

2013: corruption in the spotlight

As South Africans look to the year ahead, all signs are that the problem of corruption will keep lawmakers and anti-corruption organisations preoccupied. Several high-profile cases that we expect to be followed up involve senior public officials, including President Jacob Zuma. But will these go into the history books to mark the struggle against the Read more >

Cyril Ramaphosa’s conflict of interest

This article was originally published by Leadership Online. Read the original here. Deputy ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa is off the hook for the moment as he’s not been asked to serve in government yet – and ANC officials don’t have to declare their business interests to the party. But, if he is made a public Read more >

Getting to grips with ‘conflict of interest’

Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi didn't mince his words last year when he said the biggest threat to South Africa’s democracy is the conflict of interest entered into by government leaders. He also called for a resolution to ban all public officials from doing business with the government, and to extend that to political leaders Read more >

Ban civil servants from doing deals with state – Vavi

Public officials involved in corruption don’t fear the consequences of their actions due to a culture of non-accountability, and lifestyle audits of these individuals are necessary. This is one of the key points that came out of the International Anti-Corruption Day roundtable discussion at the Unisa in Pretoria on Monday 10 December 2012. Cosatu general Read more >

The sickness in E Cape health department

At a glance, Nomaxabiso Ngxoli* is the happiest professional nurse in South Africa – after she netted a R2.68-million fortune through her employer, the Eastern Cape department of health. But taking a closer look, Ngxoli may suffer the consequences of enriching herself through flouting government policies. This has been revealed in documents that are part Read more >

Can disclosure change a culture of corruption?

This Thursday, 23 August, is D-Day for 129 members of South Africa’s parliament to submit their annual declarations of interest, detailing their business dealings and property ownership. This follows a recent Business Day Live report that revealed almost a quarter of MPs had missed the initial 31 July cut-off date. If there is a conflict Read more >