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Strengthening public integrity, part 2 – what can be done?

In part 1 of our miniseries on strengthening public accountability, we focused on a recent discussion, titled Strengthening Political Integrity, which took place on 30 March 2022 at the 10th edition of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) annual global anti-corruption and integrity forum. Part 1 also highlighted the crisis that can ensue Read more >

Strengthening public integrity, part 1 – the importance of an ethical public service

At the beginning of April the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) held the 10th edition of its annual global anti-corruption and integrity forum, in a virtual environment. The theme this year was Renew with Integrity, and the event focused on how creating different frameworks could resolve long-standing challenges, especially those exacerbated by the Read more >

New report unpacks the working of social and ethics committees

Contrary to what the name implies, a company’s social and ethics committee (SEC) has nothing to do with behaviour in social situations. Rather, it allows the company to monitor and measure the impact that certain specified activities have on communities and the public at large. In terms of the Companies Act and its associated regulation Read more >

SA must protect its whistle-blowers – or lose the fight against corruption

Source: Tech Financials South Africa will not win the war against corruption if it does not actively and adequately protect whistle-blowers, the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation said on 10 November 2021. “Corruption has become embedded in South African society and it robs the country of the ability to provide its citizens with employment, services and social support by damaging Read more >

The rot in the Public Service Commission, part 2: What’s next?

By Moepeng Talane The Public Service Commission (PSC) may have gotten rid of the main players in a nepotism scandal that rocked the institution early in 2020, leading to the dismissal of its director-general (DG), but the body is far from clearing itself of the stigma of a hithertofore largely unknown culture of autocracy and bad governance that has plagued it for years.   This is according to a whistle-blower who spoke to Corruption Watch on condition of Read more >

The rot in the Public Service Commission: part one

By Moepeng Talane In a recent newsletter distributed by his office, President Cyril Ramaphosa mentioned the differences between honest and dishonest public servants, claiming that although the public service has become known over some years more for dishonest conduct, there is still hope for restoring its image and confidence in its mandate.   He was commemorating the beginning of public service month, observed officially in September very Read more >

Whistle-blowers – the brave watchdogs of corruption

Until South Africa learns to appreciate and applaud its whistle-blowers – those who take their courage into their hands and expose dubious deeds – the fight against corruption will not gain full momentum. Whistle-blowers provide an invaluable service to their communities and compatriots, by helping to uncover widespread or large-scale wrongdoing that affects other people. Read more >

AEPF webinar on ethical practises in SA: register now

The Anti-Intimidation and Ethical Practises Forum, of which Corruption Watch is a founding member, will be hosting an online webinar during which the organisation will release results of its research into the practise of ethics in South Africa. The event takes place on Thursday 23 July from 10h00 to 11h30. Attendance is free.   The Read more >

Anti-corruption, human rights efforts will converge in 2020

By Alison Taylor First published on the FCPA Blog In considering external operating risk, it has long been clear that corruption and negative human rights impacts correlate keenly. Underpaid doctors who require bribes before they will admit your child to a hospital immediately undermine your right to health. When an earthquake collapses buildings and causes Read more >

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