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An unhappy state of corruption

By Mavuso Msimang First published in City Press I recently requested an audience to allow me to kick off my talk, The risks of corruption facing SA in 2015 and 2016, by re-enacting a scene from a classroom somewhere in South Africa. They agreed, which I hope you will to. There are six tenses in Read more >

‘Presumed innocent’ not an invisibility cloak

Dear Corruption Watch: My local councillor is being investigated for his role in corrupt tender processes in our municipality. A senior branch member of our political party told me that I should not discuss the allegations or charges because the councillor is “innocent until proven guilty”. I understand that this is an important part of Read more >

Corruption Watch and NPA’s Mrwebi go toe to toe

Source: Eyewitness News Eyewitness News (EWN) has learnt that Corruption Watch has complained to both the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and the Department of Justice about what it says is a threat from the NPA’s commercial crimes head, advocate Lawrence Mrwebi. Mrwebi emailed the NGO and said he could be interested in investigating its finances Read more >

New NPA head has work to do

First published on ISS Africa Once again, South Africa has a new head of prosecutions. Adv Shaun Abrahams will be the sixth head of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in 10 years. Appointed by President Jacob Zuma in June, Abrahams is at the helm of arguably the most important department in the criminal justice system. Read more >

Can we blame you now, President Zuma?

By Gareth Newham, division head for governance, crime and justice, ISS Pretoria First published in the Sowetan While speaking to local government officials recently, South African President Jacob Zuma jokingly said: "Anything that goes wrong in the country it’s 'that Zuma'. I’m sure even if a person falls from a chair, [they’d say] 'this bloody Zuma Read more >

Charges reinstated against Mdluli, Barnard

Corruption Watch has followed the Richard Mdluli case almost since the day the organisation launched. For years Mdluli, the former head of police crime intelligence, has evaded justice relating to charges of, among others, murder, attempted murder, assault and corruption. In March 2011 he was charged with murder, attempted murder, intimidation, kidnapping, assault, grievous bodily Read more >

Zuma loses spy tapes appeal

In September 2013 we reported that President Jacob Zuma would turn to the Supreme Court to appeal a high court ruling that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) must hand over the so-called "spy tapes" for scrutiny. News has just broken that Zuma has lost his appeal – the Supreme Court has dismissed that application, with Read more >

Mdluli fraud charges finally stick

In April we reported on the continuing efforts of Richard Mdluli, former head of the police crime intelligence division, to fight off prosecution on a range of charges – murder and intimidation, money-laundering and fraud – relating to various incidents that happened during his controversial career. These incidents include the shooting in 1999 of Oupa Ramogibe, Read more >

Mdluli still on the hook

The Supreme Court of Appeal has ruled that corruption and fraud charges against Richard Mdluli, the former head of the police crime intelligence division, must proceed. Mdluli's reinstatement to that position, after being suspended, was also overturned. On 17 April Judge Fritz Brand, with judges Kenneth Mthiyane, Mahomed Navsa, Visvanathan Ponnan and Mandisa Maya concurring, Read more >