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“We need to know who funds which party”

By Thato Mahlangu Asking political parties to openly say who funds them could be a fruitless exercise, said political analyst Dr. Ralph Mathekga, as political parties don’t want to voluntarily name their funders. Mathekga speaking at a panel discussion held on Wednesday 06 November 2019 at the Constitution Hill mentioned how it was a challenge Read more >

Streamlined cabinet: gender balanced but still not clean

The cabinet of the sixth administration was announced last night, and President Cyril Ramaphosa kept to the expectation – to a degree, but not completely – that he would cull those found to be unsuitable, or that were surplus to requirements. “We have made progress in examining the size and structure of the state, and Read more >

CW makes submissions on Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Bill

Corruption Watch has made submissions on the Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Bill. Our main focus was on issues of good governance and the representation of community interests within traditional leadership structures. Our concerns related to the effect of the bill’s provisions on the ability of communities to voice their concerns within traditional leadership structures and Read more >

Looking back, looking ahead

By Mavuso Msimang First published in City Press “O tempora! O mores!” Attributed to Cicero, the illustrious Roman philosopher and statesman who was greatly admired for his humanism, this lament literally translates into “Oh the times! Oh the customs!” It couldn’t be more appropriate for South Africa today. Cicero was commenting on the viciousness and Read more >

Gauteng govt depts need better ethics management

More than half of the government departments in Gauteng have no ethics management strategy in place to avoid risks in this area, according to a report by the Public Service Commission (PSC) that was released late in 2017 for the provincial legislature. The State of the Public Service in the Gauteng Province report “assesses the Read more >

African roundtable on good infrastructure governance

By Chris Heathcote First published in the Sierra Leone Telegraph Infrastructure is crucial to Africa’s growth prospects. It’s also hard to get right, a reality acknowledged by delegates from around the continent and further afield who recently gathered in Cape Town, South Africa, for Africa’s first roundtable on infrastructure governance. Until now, policy makers have largely Read more >

Can we put an end to corruption?

The South African government recently announced its national anti-corruption strategy (NACS), that is aimed at tackling corruption in the public and private sectors, civil society, and citizen sector, as well as looking forward to other forms of corruption that could arise in the future – for example, cybercrime as a result of the evolution of Read more >

More on the national anti-corruption strategy

The national anti-corruption strategy (NACS) has been a discussion topic for some months. Its launch, originally planned for 9 December – which is International Anti-Corruption Day – was delayed until May. The NACS is now open for discussion. We look at the main take-home points. The rationale for developing an overarching NACS is to: Rejuvenate Read more >

Ibrahim index: African govts lacking in accountability

If corruption in Africa is to be fought successfully, the latest data from the Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG) – released recently by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation – should be taken very seriously by governments that wish to end the scourge. The foundation developed the index 10 years ago, and through it, evaluates the Read more >