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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 >

The sickness in E Cape health department

At a glance, Nomaxabiso Ngxoli* is the happiest professional nurse in South Africa – after she netted a R2.68-million fortune through her employer, the Eastern Cape department of health. But taking a closer look, Ngxoli may suffer the consequences of enriching herself through flouting government policies. This has been revealed in documents that are part Read more >

Corruption survey results – what you didn’t see

Yesterday the papers and news sites were awash with reports of a new survey which found that most adults living in big cities believe corruption is endemic, but what wasn’t so widely publicised were the other survey findings – like the fact that perceptions of government corruption have improved on the East Rand, Pretoria, Cape Read more >

Unpacking SA’s education crisis – part one

The textbook crisis has been given saturation coverage in the media – but after all the reportage, do we really understand the core issues? Over the next few weeks Corruption Watch will bring you a six-part series that will offer exclusive and insightful analysis on the fiasco, explain its significance in the broader picture of Read more >