On-the-spot driver re-testing is not corruption solution

“I was driving along N12 to Etwatwa. At offramp 444 an officer stopped me. He discovered my hired trailer tyres were worn out…” In an official complaint lodged with Corruption Watch, this is how a reporter begins his account of an event over the Easter weekend. His is one of over 200 reports pertaining to Read more >

JMPD no-bribe drive – Joburgers mixed on progress

As we wrap up our three-part series on how the Joburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) is faring in its anti-corruption drive, we have turned the focus to you, our public, to gauge sentiments and assess trends – at a quick glance, the response has been mixed. Quick recap: Part 1: Anti-graft plan working, says JMPD Read more >

JMPD bribe hotspots revealed

By Kavisha Pillay After speaking to JMPD spokesperson Wayne Minnaar and analysing our own data from the tip-offs we get from the public, it’s become clear that Sandton is a bribe hotspot, followed closely by Fourways, Dainfern and Midrand. Assess the level of metro cop bribery in your area with our nifty Google Map! You Read more >

Traffic tjo-tjo and HR nepotism on the increase

Here’s a snapshot of some of the corruption incidents* we’ve received from the public recently, so you can get a feel for the kind of trends we're picking up: a jobs-for-friends scheme by a senior HR manager, bribes in exchange for test passes at a certain Gauteng traffic department, a Harley Davidson biker targeted for Read more >

Political barons demanding tjo-tjo from elderly!

Here’s a snapshot of some of the corruption incidents* we’ve received from the public recently, so you can get a feel for the kind of trends we're picking up: nepotism and bribery the order of the day at education departments and political barons in a certain township taking advantage of elderly residents desperate for RDP Read more >

‘Air Gupta’ campaign a hit with UJ students

By Corruption Watch reporters Corruption Watch’s series of outdoor public-awareness campaigns last week took our message from Zoo Lake – not far from the Gupta compound – to Soweto’s bustling Bara taxi rank, the University of Johannesburg’s vibey Bunting campus and then to Saturday crowds at Maponya Mall. We caught the UJ leg on camera Read more >

Call for complete overhaul of the Licensing of Businesses Bill

Corruption Watch believes that the Licensing of Businesses Bill, which will require anyone doing business to apply for a licence from their municipality, is open to corruption and abuse. The organisation calls for a complete overhaul. The Bill was gazetted by Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies, and sent out for public comment on 18 Read more >

Joburg acts tough on ‘corrupt’ employees

The City of Johannesburg has confirmed the arrest of five of its employees from the Building Control Department by the Hawks on 31 October 2012. This was for their alleged involvement in a R10-million scam to defraud council funds for the submission of building plans over a 12-month period. This also follows the recent five Read more >

Corruption Watch and Wits talk ‘no more tjo-tjo’

By Zaheer Cassim Wits law students and Corruption Watch teamed up yesterday to talk about bribery on the roads as part of the organisation’s ongoing No more tjo-tjo campaign. The event, hosted by the university, saw about 50 members of the Students for Law and Social Justice (SLSJ) group addressing Joburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) Read more >