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Covid-19 corruption pushes govt out of lethargy

By Janine ErasmusFirst published on Transparency International Along with other ordinary South Africans, we at Corruption Watch have followed with increasing dismay the growing number of reports of corruption related to the Covid-19 pandemic. The perpetrators of this corruption have been unashamedly brazen in their hijacking of the emergency measures put into place to deal Read more >

Poor planning a factor in food parcel corruption

By Thato Mahlangu Accountability is in short supply for the widely publicised allegations of food parcel corruption, despite the abundance of videos circulating on social media that seem to indicate the complicity of certain individuals. Since the start of the lockdown, almost three months ago, the economy has nosedived and millions of families have been Read more >

The poor are hungry as wrangle rages on

• Bags of maize meal being handed out to members of the public in KwaZulu-Natal. Image: Tebogo Letsie/City Press. By Janine ErasmusFirst published by City Press South Africa is still a country of inequality, and the Covid-19 coronavirus-enforced lockdown has intensified the deep divisions in our society. On one hand, there are people stuck in Read more >

Marikana caught in politicised food parcels storm

Image: Sabeehah Motala By Valencia Talane A community in Marikana, Rustenburg, in the North West is learning the hard way the cost of being poor and not politically connected during the Covid-19 lockdown. They are caught up in a political storm that is costing them the most urgent need, food. And a ward councillor in Read more >

Government’s not so reliable food-delivery service

By Kwazi DlaminiFirst published in City Press South Africans with the means to do so have been using the tap of a finger for meals to be delivered to their homes, since the country went into Covid-19 coronavirus lockdown level 4 earlier this month. Between technical glitches that hampered said deliveries and complaints over the Read more >

“The people are starving, many families are out of food”

Guest contributors These are some of the experiences shared with us: Monica de KockStrange how to keep oxygen in your blood, you must essentially be outdoors, exercising or taking in sunlight, otherwise your oxygen levels drop. The Corona virus, however, affects oxygen levels in your red blood cells. We have a huge open space, but Read more >

Drugs an extra element of danger in Covid-19 pandemic

Guest contributor Good day I’m not happy at all. In my area we have nyaope (street drug) boys, prostitutes and car jackers at the notorious Protea Glen Ext11 Shell garage. The police have chased these guys from Shell thinking all is well when they don’t see them there. They are now behind Shell, close to Read more >

Food parcel distribution falls prey to corruption

Guest contributors Since establishing the Lockdown Life blog several weeks ago, Corruption Watch has received many personal experiences from readers in the national lockdown. We’ve heard everything from heart-warming lockdown survival hacks, and stories of small business owners and employees alike who worry about the future of their companies, to general observations of compliance with Read more >