Chief procurement officer makes progress

By Valencia Talane Finance minister Pravin Gordhan’s national budget speech, delivered on Wednesday afternoon, was a display of good news in terms of government efforts to improve the country’s fiscus over the years as well as firm warnings towards those who do business in a dishonest way.   On government spending in particular – an Read more >

New e-book focuses on procurement corruption

Corruption in government procurement processes is a major concern amongst South Africans, as it results in billions of rands of the national budget going down the drain. Many citizens have decided to do something about it – between our launch in January 2012 to the end of January 2014, we have received 465 reports related Read more >

The arms deal – South Africa’s corruption trailblazer

By Lee-Ann Collingridge Nkandla, Dina Pule, Sicelo Shiceka, Bheki Cele. South Africa is awash with corruption scandals (amounting to nearly R1-billion last year alone, according to financial forensics expert Peter Allwright) and many analysts believe they know one of the catalysts: the Strategic Defence Procurement Package, better known as the arms deal. For it was Read more >

CW in ConCourt again for R10-billion tender

Corruption Watch appears in the Constitutional Court again today, in the tender dispute between AllPay Consolidated Investments Holdings and others v the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) and others. The case was brought before the Constitutional Court by losing bidder Allpay, which disputed the awarding of a R10-billion tender by Sassa to a private Read more >

Corruption fuels poor service delivery

Although the basic right to sufficient water is enshrined in South Africa’s Constitution, gaining access to that clean water has been a long struggle for millions of people. The struggle is still happening, and it’s a crucial driver of uprisings in South Africa today. A 2012 study by the South African Water Research Commission confirms Read more >

Corruption hinders SA’s economic freedom

The 2014 Index of Economic Freedom, published recently by Washington’s Heritage Foundation in partnership with the Wall Street Journal, shows that corruption in South Africa is having an impact on economic freedom in the country. The index probes 10 freedoms in 186 countries and for the 2014 survey, most data covers the second half of 2012 Read more >

Reinstating Mpisane charges is Nxasana’s call

Corruption Watch reporter The decision on whether or not fraud and corruption charges against Durban businesswoman Shauwn Mpisane will be reinstated lies with the national director of public prosecutions Mxolisi Nxasana, who is yet to examine a report from the prosecution team on reasons for withdrawing the case. The Durban Commercial Crime Court on Wednesday Read more >

More construction civil claims on the cards

The Competition Tribunal has received new applications for certificates against unscrupulous construction companies, which means that more civil claims could be coming up. In November 2013 we reported that the door had been opened for civil claims against companies found guilty in the bid-rigging and collusion construction scandal, with the issuing of the first four Read more >

Arms deal commission to resume

The two-man Arms Procurement Commission, or the Seriti Commission, resumes on 20 January and will continue until 16 May. The commission is investigating “allegations of fraud, corruption, impropriety or irregularity in the strategic defence procurement package” and will question the rationale for the arms deal, whether the equipment purchased is adequately used or not, and Read more >