Global corruption snapshots: 20 August 2015

He exposed corruption. Now he’s dead Mexican photojournalist Rubén Espinosa was found tortured and murdered, along with human rights activist Nadia Vera and three other women. – Election voices: Sri Lankans’ hopes for their nation Voting for new parliament closes, in virtual referendum on former leader Mahinda Rajapaksa’s comeback bid. – Al Jazeera Corruption Read more >

Global corruption snapshots: 06 August 2015

British journalist given police protection British investigative journalist Clare Rewcastle Brown, who is facing an arrest warrant in Malaysia over her reports on alleged high-level corruption, has been given police protection in London after being followed and photographed in Hyde Park. – The Independent British oil company investigated for corruption in Somalia An oil company Read more >

Corruption Watch, Freedom Under Law go to court over Nxasana

JOINT STATEMENT BY CORRUPTION WATCH AND FREEDOM UNDER LAW  Corruption Watch and Freedom Under Law go to court to review Nxasana’s R17-million settlement agreement On 14 May 2015, a settlement agreement was concluded between President Jacob Zuma, the Minister of Justice Michael Masutha and the former National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP), Mxolisi Nxasana. Corruption Read more >

Immigrants’ rights are not negotiable

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba being sworn into office in May 2014. His department is responsible for the administration of immigrants in the country as well as the protection of their rights. Image source: GCIS   Immigrants in South Africa could be forgiven for thinking that the country might not, after all, be the right Read more >

Taking their dirty deeds abroad

The FCPA Blog, which focuses on enforcement related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, has released its latest list of companies being investigated under the act. The blog has published this list since January 2011, and updates it regularly. The FCPA is a federal law of the US, and it applies to any person who Read more >

Success in legal challenge to Sanral secrecy ruling

By Tony Carnie First published in the Mercury Update: The Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein on Monday ruled in favour of the City of Cape Town by setting aside an order made by the Western Cape High Court on 28 August 2014 concerning the secrecy application of the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral). Read more >

Integrity unit to keep eye on govt – part three

In part one of our series we introduced the Public Administration Management Act, and part two highlighted positive and negative reactions to its enactment. Part three gives more detail on the Public Administration Ethics, Integrity and Disciplinary Technical Assistance Unit, which is established in chapter six of the PAM Act – it will aim to “provide technical assistance and Read more >

Still too many barriers to information, says PAIA CSN

Corruption Watch is a member of the PAIA Civil Society Network, an organisation whose members have committed themselves to improving the implementation and usage of the Promotion of Access to Information Act in South Africa, raising awareness about the right amongst citizens, and working with bodies subject to the Act to improve understanding. The organisation Read more >

New graft-busting unit unlikely to halt state scams

Dear Corruption Watch I see the president signed the Public Administration Management Act in December, establishing yet another anti-corruption agency. What contribution is this intended to make to combating corruption? Does this not duplicate existing anti-corruption agencies? Unconvinced Dear Unconvinced, The Public Administration Management Act created a gamut of new institutions that are intended to Read more >