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Policy brief: Strengthening Public Accountability to make Democracy Work

By William GumedeFirst published on Democracy Works Foundation The lack of accountability at all levels of legislatures, government, and oversight agencies is at the heart of persistent poor public services, financial mismanagement, and corruption in South Africa. As the Zondo Commission into state capture winds down, a trend running through almost all testimonies is the Read more >

CW submits comments on the Firearms Control Amendment Bill 2020

Corruption Watch’s work in the field of police accountability and anti-corruption is well known. For many years we’ve advocated for the appointment of ethical leaders through a thorough process that involves public participation. We’ve held discussions and consultations with Diepsloot, KwaMashu and Cape Flats communities affected by police violence and criminality. We’ve created Veza, an Read more >

CW, Casac support parliamentary process in Mkhwebane removal matter

Image: Flickr/GovernmentZA Corruption Watch (CW) and the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (Casac) have joined, as amici curiae, Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s application to have Parliament’s rules for the removal of the head of a Chapter 9 institution, declared unconstitutional. The two organisations are supporting the inquiry into Mkhwebane’s fitness to Read more >

Land reform under fire – govt agenda disadvantages most vulnerable

By Melusi Ncala and Mashudu MasuthaFirst published in The Star The recent legislative amendments throughout the South African land reform space have also failed to full the constitutional obligation to provide adequate housing and protection of ownership rights. This has caused serious discontent among the destitute in urban and periurban areas as well as the Read more >

PFMA 2020: improvement here and there, but not sustained

The latest national and provincial government audit outcomes, released by the Auditor-General South Africa (AGSA) on 31 March, show “signs of improvement” in some auditees, according to Auditor-General (AG) Tsakani Maluleke. The work was conducted under the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) and covered the financial year of 2019-2020. Besides the provincial and national departments, Read more >

SA police: Neither serving nor protecting GBV victims

By Sabeehah MotalaFirst published on News24 Before Parliament are three very important bills, amending various laws, all in the name of dealing with gender-based violence (GBV). So what are we, as an anti-corruption organisation, doing sticking our nose into GBV matters? Firstly, theoretical background is very important. A feminist conception of corruption leverages on the Read more >

Appoint anti-crime and -corruption leaders with great care

Corruption Watch has made a submission to the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture, known as the Zondo commission. Our submission focused on the appointment of leadership positions to key corruption and crime fighting institutions, such as the Auditor-General and the Independent Police Investigative Directorate. In the opinion piece below, project coordinator Read more >