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Sona underwhelms, ignores corruption

The implementation of measures to cut wasteful expenditure in government and spot checks on those suspected to be running our local government sector to the ground. That’s as far as President Jacob Zuma went to deal with the issue of corruption in his State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Thursday. He made no mention, Read more >

Sona 2016: here’s what Zuma said

Read the full text of President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation address, delivered in the National Assembly on 11 February 2016. The speaker of the National Assembly, The chairperson of the National Council of Provinces; Deputy speaker of the National Assembly and deputy chairperson of the NCOP, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, Former president Thabo Read more >

Zuma doesn’t have to pay back the money

President Zuma has been exonerated by Police Minister Nathi Nhleko, who briefed the media on his Nkandla report. Image source: GCIS Police Minister Nathi Nhleko yesterday gave his report-back on the Nkandla upgrades. At a press briefing punctuated by educational videos on the use and meaning of various features at Nkandla, Nhleko revealed his conclusion: Read more >

Corruption Watch writes to Zuma, Madonsela

In light of recent malicious attacks on the Office of the Public Protector and in order to curtail various efforts to denigrate the institution, today the Chairperson of the Board of Corruption Watch, Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane, issued two letters in relation to the recent insulting and unlawful statements made by Deputy Minister of Defence, Kebby Read more >

No faith in Zuma’s corruption fight

By Valencia Talane As President Jacob Zuma stood to address Parliament and the rest of South Africa on the state of affairs in the country on Thursday, South Africans would have been divided between those who hoped against all odds that there would be a bold statement on accountability to corruption by government leaders, and Read more >

State of the Nation 2014

President Jacob Zuma delivered his last State of the Nation speech as head of the current government, on 13 February. There has been a mixed reaction to the address, with some analysts saying that it focused very much on the past, rather than looking ahead – this was expected to some extent. However, 2014 does Read more >

The Wedding Planners…Tjo-Tjo style

By Kavisha Pillay Government’s recently released Guptagate probe report – and the media storm that ensued – have inspired this Corruption Watch reporter to take a momentary break from her graft-fighting duties to dream up a new reality TV show called The Wedding Planners…Tjo-Tjo style starring the suspended chief of state protocol Bruce Koloane and Read more >

Govt’s ‘name dropping’ proposal trivialises major administrative breakdown – David Lewis

Justice Minister Jeff Radebe’s proposal that a public service campaign be introduced to discourage a ‘negative culture of name dropping’ overlooks the real issues. Corruption Watch is responding to the findings of the inquiry into the Gupta wedding plane landing at Air Force Base Waterkloof on 30 April 2013. David Lewis, Corruption Watch’s executive director, Read more >

Mdluli case: SJC, CW withdraw application to avoid delaying litigation

Social Justice Coalition (SJC) & Corruption Watch (CW) have formally withdrawn their application to intervene in the matter brought by Freedom Under Law (FUL) against General Richard Mdluli and others. FUL’s application aims to review and set aside the decisions taken to withdraw criminal and disciplinary charges against Mdluli, including the withdrawal of corruption charges. Read more >