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Lottery fraud, corruption allegations to be probed

• A person ticks numbers on a lottery ticket. Image: Ashraf Hendricks. By Thato Mahlangu Parliament said on Wednesday 11 March 2020 that its trade and industry portfolio committee welcomes an investigation to uncover any fraud or corruption related to community organisation or non-governmental organisation funding. Freelance journalist Raymond Joseph has alleged that the National Read more >

Mkhwebane’s ‘confused’ CR17 findings set aside

By Thato Mahlangu The North Gauteng High Court’s judgment which was handed down on Tuesday, 10 March 2020, saw Public Protector Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s findings and remedial actions being dismissed. The findings and remedial actions, that were labeled as ‘confused’ by the court, had found President Cyril Ramaphosa to have had an improper relationship with 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 owe future generations a corruption-free society

• Public Service and Administration minister Senzo Mchunu signing the anti-corruption pledge at Unisa during the recent International Anti-Corruption Day activities. Photo: @UNinSouthAfrica. By Thato Mahlangu During the recent International Anti-Corruption Day activities, held on 9 December at the University of South Africa (Unisa), heads of law enforcement and anti-corruption organisations vowed to continue to Read more >

CW shocked at President’s signing Leadership Bill into law

After considerable efforts from various civil society organisations emphasising the vulnerabilities of the Traditional and Khoi San Leadership Bill, President Cyril Ramaphosa has nevertheless signed the Bill into law. This shock announcement was made in Parliament on Thursday 28 November 2019. Corruption Watch (CW), together with a number of civil society organisations, had anticipated that Read more >

Jiba and Mrwebi will not be returning to NPA

By Thato Mahlangu Two former National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) bosses won’t be making a comeback to the state prosecuting agency. Nomgcobo Jiba, who was removed as deputy national director of public prosecutions and Lawrence Mrwebi, the then special director of public prosecutions, will not be reinstated to their old positions. President Cyril Ramaphosa suspended Jiba Read more >

CPS takes battle over Sassa millions to ConCourt

Former social grants distributor Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) has taken its battle against Corruption Watch and Sassa to the Constitutional Court in a continued effort to avoid paying back R316-million paid to the company in respect of a variation agreement with the social services agency in 2015. The agreement was ruled invalid by the North Read more >

Jiba should accept the court outcome

By Thato Mahlangu Nomgcobo Jiba’s effort to be reinstated as the National Prosecuting Authority of South Africa (NPA) deputy national director was halted by the Western Cape High Court on Friday, 18 October 2019. The court dismissed Jiba’s application to be reappointed at the NPA, with costs. Jiba, who was fired on 25 April 2019 Read more >

South Sudan oil investment could be risky for SA

By David LewisFirst published in Business Day The Africa Oil and Power (AOP) Conference taking place in Cape Town this week is a high-powered event bringing together African governments and top executives of corporates across the energy value chain. The AOP website describes it as “the venue for deal-making with Africa’s emerging enterprises and economies” Read more >