Lwando Mzandisi and the fight for good education

By Janine Erasmus A good education is something nobody can ever take away from you – but what if you never got one in the first place? Lwando Mzandisi of Equal Education comes from Eastern Cape, a province where the quality of the education system has declined, partly because of mismanagement and corruption. Now an Read more >

Soweto SGB under scrutiny

Corruption in schools is a focus of Corruption Watch’s operations, and since the launch of our schools campaign in January 2013, to the end of April 2014, we’ve received nearly 950 reports on schools, of which over 80% have been classified as corruption. Results of a survey we conducted in September 2013 revealed that the Read more >

Brave pupils take on education department

By Valencia Talane Like many other youngsters, Zamuxolo Moutloali takes his matric exams very seriously. He has had a passion for drawing since childhood, so naturally his sights beyond the make-or-break exams are set on a course in graphic design or similar. But 2013 has not been an easy year for Zamuxolo and his sister Palesa Read more >

Leading by example in the fight against corruption

By Valencia Talane Parts one and two of our new series have highlighted different aspects of being a whistleblower. In part three, we read about a man who is helping to show his community that ordinary people speaking out is an important part of fighting corruption. Chris Setusha, a teacher at Mmutle High School in Hammanskraal north Read more >

Macosa: school of shame

By Gcina Ntsaluba It’s an accepted fact that, for various reasons, the national basic education department is under-performing, and the ones who stand to lose the most are the children. The lack of furniture at Eastern Cape schools, particularly, is one of the major problems crippling learners and teachers, mostly in rural schools in the Read more >

Survey: Corruption in schools on the rise

Since Corruption Watch launched its schools campaign,  reports of irregularities in school management have been coming in thick and fast. Since January 2012, the civil society organisation has received over 300 reports of corruption in schools via its website, SMS hotline, and telephone. Corruption Watch has made schools monitoring a focus in 2013. Now, new Read more >

Principals treating schools as cash cows

Here’s a snapshot of some of the schools incidents* we’ve received from the public recently, so you can get a feel for the kind of trends we're picking up: principals are at it again – this time individuals are reported to have stolen money meant for school renovations, been an accessory to a crime and Read more >

Corruption Watch opens police case against principal

After months of waiting for disciplinary action to be taken against a Soweto principal who is implicated in gross financial mismanagement of her school’s funds, Corruption Watch has now opened a criminal case. Read about it in The Star here. On Thursday last week Corruption Watch opened a case at the Moroka Police Station in Read more >

Maladministration and money missing!

Image Excerpt The most prevalent word in schools complaints from Gauteng is “maladministration”. Cases of money missing, principals and treasurers not being transparent with finances, and corruption in contracts for stationery also come up a lot. What word would you use to describe the corruption at your school? File Upload WORDS.jpg