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Civil society demands accountability for Covid-19 corruption

We, the undersigned organisations, express our disappointment and anger over reports of widespread corruption involving funds meant to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. It is troubling that in Gauteng alone, some 91 companies who received purchase orders from the Department of Health, are under investigation. We commend the Gauteng provincial government’s decision to give priority Read more >

OGP more of a necessity than ever in SA

By Anna-Sophie Hobi The Covid-19 pandemic is first and foremost a humanitarian crisis. Efforts to contain the virus and support those directly impacted are of utmost importance. Around the world, governments are taking unprecedented actions to limit the spread of the virus—adopting measures aimed at protecting the lives of their populations and the viability of Read more >

Government to tackle food parcel corruption

By Thato Mahlangu Government promises to deal “harshly” with people who may be suspected of stealing food parcels meant for struggling people during the lockdown. Media and social media reports have suggested that in some parts of the country people, including government officials – councillors in particular – have been accused of stealing food parcels. ANC Read more >

C19 People’s Coalition protests state violence

Statement on behalf of the Anti-Repression Working Group of the C19 People’s Coalition The Anti-Repression Working Group of the C19 People’s Coalition has written to President Cyril Ramaphosa and the National Command Council about alarming incidences of State violence and unlawful mass evictions of vulnerable people in South Africa.  The president has called for all Read more >

New Covid-19 solidarity fund is on a roll

It is important for the recently established Solidarity Fund, set up by government in the wake of the novel coronavirus outbreak in South Africa, to operate with transparency and to exercise good governance. This way, South Africans will have faith in its work, which is to respond urgently to the devastation brought on by the Read more >

CW responds to Malema’s accusations

By Thato Mahlangu Corruption Watch (CW) emphatically refutes claims made by Julius Malema, leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), which suggests that the organisation is ‘captured’ by President Cyril Ramaphosa. During a press briefing held on Sunday, 9 February 2020, Malema said: “All the vocal NGOs like Section27, My Vote Counts, CASAC, and Corruption Read more >

“We need to know who funds which party”

By Thato Mahlangu Asking political parties to openly say who funds them could be a fruitless exercise, said political analyst Dr. Ralph Mathekga, as political parties don’t want to voluntarily name their funders. Mathekga speaking at a panel discussion held on Wednesday 06 November 2019 at the Constitution Hill mentioned how it was a challenge Read more >

Time to clean up that untruthful, exaggerated CV

By Kwazi Dlamini Since its inception in 2012, Corruption Watch (CW) has received more than 700 reports of irregular appointments of people who did not meet the minimum requirements, or people alleged to have forged their qualifications to apply for jobs. However, CW did not have the capacity to flag and investigate those alleged to Read more >