David Lewis, CW’s founding exec director, reflects on a decade of activism

This piece is extracted from Corruption Watch’s 2021 annual report. For more information, click here. By Moepeng TalaneFirst published on Daily Maverick/Maverick Citizen Ten years ago, on 26 January 2012, Corruption Watch (CW) was launched publicly at Constitution Hill’s iconic women’s jail. Against the backdrop of this symbolic setting, an anti-corruption pledge was signed, with Read more >

CW mourns passing of former board member Emma Mashinini

Corruption Watch expresses its sadness at the news of the passing of Emma Mashinini, former Corruption Watch board member and loyal supporter of our work since inception. We offer our condolences, on behalf of board members and staff, to her family and her vast circle of friends around the country. Ms Mashinini had retired from Read more >

Jobs-for-sale report finds numerous irregularities

After two postponements, the long-awaited Department of Basic Education’s investigation report into the selling of teaching posts was made public last week. Most of the initial media allegations – those that sparked the investigation – focused on the South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu), but the eight-member task team made sure to investigate the role Read more >

Corruption Watch sets the record straight on Cosatu funding

26 November 2015 The board of Corruption Watch issued a statement today in response to comments made by the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) at the Cosatu Congress currently underway in Midrand. These comments purported to terminate Cosatu’s financial support for Corruption Watch and alleged that Corruption Watch’s activities ‘delegitimised’ the state. The Read more >

How things work at Corruption Watch

By Nicky Rehbock Knowing how our organisation works, using real incidents reported to us by the public, helps to show how we treat all cases from the public equally – whether they involve the abuse of public resources or power in a government department, private company, NGO or union. Broadly speaking, there are two very 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 >

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 >

New guide to boost whistleblowing at work

The fight against corruption relies heavily on employees being vigilant and standing up for their rights, but these employees need support – especially when their disclosure could make them vulnerable to discrimination or victimisation. A solution comes in the form of a recently produced manual by the Open Democracy Advice Centre (Odac), which advises shop Read more >