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ConCourt confirms exec ethics code invalidity on funding disclosures

The Executive Ethics Code is unconstitutional to the extent that it does not require members of the executive to disclose donations made to campaigns for elections to positions within political parties. This was confirmed in the Constitutional Court on 20 September 2022. Investigative journalism organisation AmaBhungane brought the application to the ConCourt, asking it to Read more >

CW’s Project Larona aims to strengthen recognition of land rights

Image: Alliance for Rural Democracy Project Larona [laa-ro-nah]Lefatshe la rona – a Setswana phrase meaning “Our Land” The European Union Rallying Efforts to Accelerate Progress project (EU REAP), a multi-jurisdictional initiative, commenced in July 2021. It is led by the Transparency International Secretariat and funded by the European Commission (EuropeAid). EU REAP focuses on directly Read more >

We cannot let the Zondo report become another white elephant

This piece is extracted from Corruption Watch’s 2021 annual report. For more information, click here. By Karam SinghFirst published on News24 Since 2020, South Africans have had to deal with a multitude of new challenges and adapt to rapidly changing circumstances, as if the daily struggle for the majority of our people was not enough. Read more >

We, the people – 25 years of South Africa’s Constitution

Twenty-five years ago, then president Nelson Mandela put his signature to the final text of South Africa’s Constitution, and it became law. The date was 10 December 1996; the place was Sharpeville, in Vereeniging, south of Johannesburg.   This location is historically significant to all South Africans as, just 36 years before, police had opened fire, Read more >

CW makes submission to the draft Public Procurement Bill

On Tuesday, 30 June Corruption Watch (CW) made a submission to the draft Public Procurement Bill in response to National Treasury’s gazetted call for comments. The organisation has received over 30 000 reports alleging corruption since it launched in 2012. Of these reports, 9% relate to corruption in procurement, particularly in local and provincial government Read more >

ConCourt to hear arguments on Electoral Act constitutionality

The Constitutional Court will tomorrow hear arguments around the the constitutionality (or unconstitutionality) of the Electoral Act, in the case of New Nation Movement NPC and Others v President of the Republic of South Africa and Others. The applicant, the New Nation Movement (NNM), is asking that the Electoral Act be amended to allow independent Read more >

Swift action needed on party funding bill

By Judith February First published on EWN The recent brouhaha regarding President Cyril Ramaphosa and the so-called ‘Bosasa campaign donation’ has again put the funding of political parties in the spotlight. It started when DA leader Mmusi Maimane asked Ramaphosa about a donation of R500 000 he had allegedly received from Bosasa’s Gavin Watson. This Read more >

JOINT STATEMENT condemning attacks on CSOs and activists

The undersigned organisations condemn the recent vicious attacks on environmental justice activists in South Africa. In one case, we are outraged at the reported murder on 11 July 2018 of Mr D Mpanza, an activist who had opposed a relocation of the community in KwaDube in KwaZulu Natal. KZN violence monitor Mary de Haas has Read more >

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