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24 April 2019: Learners from Camagu Primary school cross a river that is often full during heavy rains. They are forced walk long distances or stay at home when water reaches high levels. Image: Bonile Bam/New Frame

• Learners from Camagu Primary school cross a river. Image: Bonile Bam/New Frame By Thato Mahlangu Innocent people’s lives are at ‘great risk’ because of government and corporate greed, warns a Ndakeni resident, community activist and whistle-blower (in his 30s) whose identity is known to Corruption Watch (CW). Ndakeni, a village within the Mbizana area Read more >

Uncooperative education depts stall CW investigations

By Kwazi Dlamini When we investigate a report, it is of paramount importance for us to give a right of reply to anyone implicated. However, this comes with a lot of waiting and non-responses, especially from government departments, and the Eastern Cape Department of Education (ECDOE) is no exception. It is not unheard of for Read more >

Mnquma Local Municipality – a failure of governance

By Kwazi Dlamini Corruption-ridden Mnquma Local Municipality in the Eastern Cape, together with its district municipality, Amathole, seems to be in tatters. Mnquma is off the radar – it cannot be reached by the usual forms of communication, while e-mail addresses provided on the website are unresponsive. The telephone number, also provided on their website Read more >

Print media not empowering citizens on corruption

By Vanessa Malila First published on The Conversation The mainstream media can play an important role in fighting corruption. Investigative journalists in South Africa, for instance, helped to expose how the politically connected Gupta family “captured” elements of the governing African National Congress. As watchdogs of society, the media is well placed to forge social Read more >

Media advisory: CW takes anti-corruption to EC

Corruption Watch will be hosting a series of activities at various community locations in Port Elizabeth between 17 and 24 March 2018, including schools, clinics, taxi ranks, town halls and shopping centres. To date, the organisation has received over 20 000 reports of corruption focused on areas such as schools, housing, health and licensing sectors, Read more >

EC slowly advances towards cleaner governance

Departments and state owned entities seldom embrace the recommendations put forward every year by Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu. When they are, though, and a culture of consistency and improvement is adopted, it is reflected best in the decent audits they receive. Makwethu released his annual national and provincial audit outcomes yesterday. Of all the provinces audited, Read more >

Schools rot rife in E Cape, August tip-offs show

By Nicky Rehbock August saw a record number of schools tip-offs sent in to Corruption Watch, with the majority of complaints coming from small towns in the Eastern Cape, followed by KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. Sixty-nine reports came in from the public during the previous month, bringing the overall number of schools reports sent in by Read more >

Your stories: tourist faces bribe dilemma

Here’s a snapshot of some of the corruption reports* we’ve received from the public recently, so you can get a feel for the kind of trends we’re picking up: immigration officers at Home Affairs colluding with agents, a tourist with a bribe dilemma and a clinic sister in the Eastern Cape cooking her books. Immigration Read more >

New tool to help fight conflict of interest

Dodgy government officials who spend their time running their own businesses instead of helping to run the country will find it increasingly tricky to protect their private projects from public scrutiny, thanks to new tools that have been created to improve the visibility of any conflicts of interest. A new software package, created by six Read more >