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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 >

Corruption is rife in the Covid-19 era. Here’s how to fight back

By Tim HanstadCEO of the Chandler Foundation and co-founder, Landesa The pandemic has created conditions in which corruption can flourish.This can exacerbate and prolong the negative effects of this crisis.Here are three ways to start tackling this issue today. The global pandemic has public health experts and medical providers around the world working overtime. And Read more >

SA needs a human rights framework based on social values

By Sabeehah Motala and Melusi NcalaFirst published on News24 There is a problem with anti-corruption legislation in South Africa. It does not reflect the intersecting forms of power that may determine how one interacts with corruption. Ultimately, this could severely disadvantage those who are beholden to varying structures of power and inequality, that affect their Read more >

A sad story of stagnating good governance

Governance: the traditions and institutions by which authority in a country is exercised, including the process by which governments are selected, monitored and replaced; the capacity of the government to effectively formulate and implement sound policies; and the respect of citizens and the state for the institutions that govern economic and social interactions among them. Read more >

Online tool helps companies tackle bribery, corruption

Good governance. Tone from the top. Enabling environment. These are terms we often read about in relation to ethical business practices, but in practical terms, many businesses struggle or lag in developing and implementing these important policies. Transparency International UK (TI UK) has launched a new online tool which provides up-to-date and in-depth guidance for Read more >

Emerging market companies disappoint in transparency

Transparency International (TI) today released the latest version of its Transparency in Corporate Reporting (TRAC) series of reports, this one focusing on Assessing Emerging Market Multinationals. The report assessed 100 of the fastest-growing companies based in 15 emerging market countries and operating in 185 countries around the world in terms of their public disclosure practices. Read more >

Corruption challenges are different for small companies

By Janine Erasmus Big corporates have systems in place, personnel and financial resources to deal with legal and ethical challenges. They can absorb both planned and unexpected costs, including those related to corruption, with relative ease. But what if you are running a small business – how easy is it to stick to your standards, Read more >