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Party Manifestos: An Analysis of Anti-Corruption Commitments

By Aneesa Valodia  With local government elections looming on 1 November, political party campaigns are in full swing and official party manifestos are everywhere to be seen. This year 325 parties will contest the election, and their manifestos offer a glimpse of what to expect, empowering voters to make informed choices.   Some parties have Read more >

CW’s pocket guide to understanding local government

Local government elections are set to take place on 1 November 2021. These happen every five years, and it is important that citizens cast their vote to ensure they get the best representatives. However, it is equally important that all citizens have a good understanding of the structures and functions of local government, and to Read more >

Zuma rescission application dismissed with costs

The Constitutional Court has dismissed the application by former president Jacob Zuma to rescind its 29 June judgment which found him guilty of contempt of court. The court delivered the judgment virtually on Friday.   Zuma approached the Constitutional Court after it had sentenced him to an imprisonment term of 15 months for defying its earlier order compelling him to appear before the Zondo commission Read more >

Local government elections must go ahead in 2021, says ConCourt

On Friday 3 September the Constitutional Court dismissed the Independent Electoral Commission’s (IEC) application to postpone this year’s local government elections, scheduled for 27 October, to February 2022. The IEC had applied for the postponement, based on the recommendation of former deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke, who on 20 July released a report on the Read more >

ConCourt judgment signals a victory for the rule of law in SA

Today’s judgment of the Constitutional Court, handed down by Justice Sisi Khampepe, finding former president Jacob Zuma guilty of “egregious” and “aggravated” contempt of court, and ordering him to serve 15 months behind bars, is a victory for the paramount importance of the rule of law. “This is a historically significant moment,” says Karam Singh, Read more >

Dlamini complies with court order, pays CSO legal costs

In September 2018 the Constitutional Court handed down unanimous judgment on then social development minister Bathabile Dlamini’s personal liability in the matter of costs relating to the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) extending the contract of grants distributor Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) despite a finding in 2013 that the contract was invalid. But Sassa Read more >

Jiba timeline: where did it all go wrong?

The reported reinstatement of fraud charges against former deputy national director of public prosecutions Nomgcobo Jiba represents a welcome move towards accountability for those who abuse their high-level positions. It also has important implications for the likes of Malusi Gigaba, who was also found to have lied under oath by denying he had given the Read more >