Are Madonsela’s powers in jeopardy?

Dear Corruption Watch, Last week, members of Parliament’s justice portfolio committee made some worrying statements to the public protector. According to reports, ANC members accused Thuli Madonsela of “taking certain postures” and expressing “certain views” that were about the government and “political in nature”.  The ANC also suggested that there should be a review of Read more >

Nepotism must be tackled

Dear Corruption Watch, I see that Deutsche Bank is under investigation to see whether it hired the children of Chinese government officials as a way to win contracts. This follows the arrest of the head of investment banking in China at JP Morgan Chase for the same possible violation of the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Read more >

June Sona light on accountability, anti-corruption

By Valencia Talane The first sign of work done on the ground by the chief procurement officer (CPO) was an announcement by President Jacob Zuma in his State of the Nation Address (Sona) of the centralised procurement by the office of furniture for Eastern Cape schools. “We have begun piloting this new approach with the Read more >

New Cabinet appointments a mixed bag

In what was arguably his most keenly anticipated Cabinet announcement, President Jacob Zuma both appeased and disappointed South Africans with the appointments and redeployments he revealed to the country on Sunday. Economic prosperity, good governance and oversight and a clear commitment to combat  corruption were key areas of pubic concern ahead of the announcement of Read more >

Protecting our constitutional democracy

Source: Public protector The public protector, Advocate Thuli Madonsela, has called on citizens to help protect South Africa’s constitutional democracy, arguing that in such a democracy, as opposed to a parliamentary democracy, the final say lies with the courts and ultimately the Constitutional Court. She was delivering the ninth annual Peace, Safety and Human Rights Read more >

SA youth shun 2014 elections

Although the 2014 general election is done and dusted, it’s still a hot topic around the country. We went out and about on Johannesburg streets after election day to find out how our young people approached this important event, especially in terms of corruption. Much has been written about the born-free generation – the youngsters Read more >

A mandate to tackle corruption

Source: Transparency International South Africa is in the throes of the most hotly contested election in its short history of democracy. A mere 20 years into its widely applauded transition from apartheid, pervasive corruption is a central campaigning issue. This is magnified by the burgeoning scandal surrounding the incumbent president and the ruling party’s presidential Read more >

Corruption across Southern African borders

By Valencia Talane Malawian president Joyce Banda attributes her lessons on successful leadership to the late former South African president Nelson Mandela. Her journey to becoming the first female president and chair of the Southern African Development Community was influenced by Mandela’s courage, determination, love and passion for his people. Banda, Malawi’s first female president, Read more >

Parliament, part 3 – getting citizens involved

By Valencia Talane South Africa’s Parliament is the instrument whereby laws and policies of the country are proposed and their merits and legality debated on, before being passed, shelved for later discussion or discarded within a multi-party representation. The country’s Constitution allows for members of the general public to make submissions on laws or processes Read more >