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Hawks are finally stepping up the pace

By Thato Mahlangu The arrest of ANC MP Bongani Bongo comes in the wake of mounting pressure and criticism on the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) from the public. The Hawks have been criticised for their inaction when dealing with criminal and corrupt activities done by high-ranking politicians, government officials and business people. A Read more >

SA disappoints on organised crime index

By Thato Mahlangu The latest Organised Crime Index by anti-organised crime organisation Enact Africa shows how crime has infiltrated and infested South Africa. On the index for criminality, South Africa was ranked at number 10 out of 54 African countries, with high scores for both criminal markets and criminal actors. The country scored 6.6 while Read more >

Police corruption an ongoing problem

By Thato Mahlangu Months after the new report by Corruption Watch (CW) was released, highlighting the alarming number of corrupt police officials, little has been done to curb crime within the police, whistle-blowers claim. Since the organisation’s inception in 2012, some 1 400 members of the public have felt concerned enough to share their experiences Read more >

CW makes submission to Parly on DPP appointment

Corruption Watch made its submission to Parliament on 16 October 2019 with the aim of contributing to the appointment of the next deputy public protector. The incumbent Kevin Malunga’s term in office ends in December 2019. Corruption Watch has launched a campaign to ensure that his replacement is appointed in a transparent way that allows Read more >

People’s Tribunal on State Capture: our voices must be heard

The Civil Society Working Group on State Capture together with concerned South Africans hosted a people’s hearing at Constitution Hill on Saturday 12 October 2019, to highlight concerns around corruption, looting and crime which the Zondo commission on state capture will be asked to address. The deaths of school children who died while using school Read more >

67 reasons to fight corruption

With the seventh international Mandela Day just past, it’s clear that July is observed by many people around the world as an opportunity to serve the people around them and do good in their communities for at least 67 minutes – one for each year Mandela devoted to public service. In this article, first published Read more >

Youth learn from their elders about corruption

By Lauren Tracey First published on ISS A lack of accountability by senior officials and politicians, combined with perceptions of high levels of corruption, could prove detrimental to the future prospects of young South Africans. Fraud and corruption cost the South African economy billions annually, but the impact of fraud and corruption is felt well Read more >

Gabriella Razzano: evangelist for openness

By Valencia Talane A transparent system of government that encourages access to information for its citizens as well as freedom of expression, while protecting those who question its decisions and motives, may be an unrealistic concept for many. For the team of activists at the Open Democracy Advice Centre (ODAC), however, it is the proverbial Read more >

Good and bad of audit reports

  By Valencia Talane Depending on which way you look at it, the municipal audit report for the 2012/13 financial year offers either a positive or a miserable outlook for South Africa's local government landscape. The report was published last week by the auditor-general, Kimi Makwetu. As Pravin Gordhan, the minister in charge of local Read more >