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Media invitation: launch of police leadership campaign

MEDIA INVITATION: LAUNCH OF POLICE LEADERSHIP CAMPAIGN Corruption Watch and the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) invites you to the launch of a joint public awareness campaign focused on the appointments of the South African Police Service national commissioner and the head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations (the Hawks). The campaign aims to Read more >

Proposed new Saps anti-corruption unit could work

It is possible to combat police corruption, write Johan Burger and Stefan Grobler of the Institute for Security Studies (ISS). But it depends on having the right leaders and staff, and sufficient capacity in place. The South African Police Service (Saps) is developing a draft anti-corruption strategy – its finalisation was planned for the beginning of 2016/2017, but to date, Read more >

CW running out of patience with Hawks in Sars matter

Corruption Watch has written again to the Hawks in the matter of their investigation into employees of the South African Revenue Service (Sars), namely Sars head Tom Moyane as well as Jonas Makwakwa and Kelly-Ann Elskie, all in respect of contraventions of the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act, the Financial Intelligence Centre Act, Read more >

CW lays criminal charges against SARS commissioner

12 December 2016 Corruption Watch has laid criminal charges against the South African Revenue Services (SARS) commissioner, Tom Moyane, in relation to the matter involving alleged fraud and corruption committed by two senior SARS employees, Jonas Makwakwa and Kelly-Ann Elskie. Charges were also laid against Makwakwa and Elskie directly, under case numbers 217/12/2016, 218/12/2016 and Read more >

Anti-corruption strategy success not guaranteed

Today is International Anti-Corruption Day. To coincide with the worldwide event, the government is hosting an gathering that focuses on its draft national anti-corruption strategy (NACS). The document was supposed to have been released today, but the long-awaited moment has been delayed. Corruption Watch’s executive director David Lewis attended the event. Read his speech below: Read more >

Anti-corruption unit arrest rate down 83%

The Ministry of Police has confirmed that the number of arrests and convictions relating to serious crime has dropped sharply since the launch of the Directorate of Priority Crime Investigations – better known as the Hawks – in 2009. This is according to information obtained in a reply to a parliamentary question put forward in Read more >

Hawks saga – feathers continue to fly

Suspensions; notices of suspension; court battles; and speculation over political interference. These are some of the scenarios that have preoccupied the leadership of the priority crime fighting unit, the Hawks, over the past few weeks. Political and social analysts are even more fascinated – they're crying foul over what they perceive as a strategic purge Read more >

Former Wits dean probed for fraudulent deals

By Ayanda Mkhwanazi The Hawks are investigating a former Wits University dean and National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) head for his alleged role in the laboratory’s procurement of HIV testing kits worth R18-million, that never arrived. Professor Ahmed Wadee has been at the centre of the investigation since January, when the NHLS laid criminal charges against Read more >

Switching Scorpions’ cases to Hawks

By Jeanette Clark, Moneyweb correspondent A disease of the system that needs to be stamped out. This is how minister of finance Pravin Gordhan described corruption in South Africa at the recent Discovery Invest Leadership Summit.   “If you hear about corruption or bribery in the public or private sector, please act,” he told delegates. Read more >