Community could have benefited from Nkandla

Public protector Thuli Madonsela yesterday released her long awaited final report into the alleged irregular and excessive expenditure on security upgrades at Nkandla, President Jacob Zuma’s private residence in KwaZulu-Natal. Madonsela’s investigation is not the first to have been conducted on the controversial construction project. In October 2012 public works minister Thulas Nxesi ordered an Read more >

Local government in South Africa – part 5, finances

The second-last article in our local government series tackles the issue of finances. Funding from the national government is essential for the running of municipal administrations as well as the delivery of services to their communities. There are regulations that prescribe how the finances of municipalities should be run Municipalities are required to provide services Read more >

Tlakula did make inappropriate moves

Corruption Watch has reported before on the questionable leasing deal entered into by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) – a deal that saw the IEC in 2009 signing a contract to rent its new head office building in Centurion, at a cost of R320-million over 10 years. In October 2011 the United Democratic Movement's Bantu Read more >

You can mount private prosecution

Dear Corruption Watch The Constitutional Court has found that the social grants contract from the South African Social Security Agency granted to Cash Paymaster Services — and challenged by AllPay — was invalid. Its reasoning was partly that irregularities were all too often “symptoms of corruption or malfeasance”. The US criminal justice authorities are investigating Read more >

Transparency demanded in government contracting

Every year billions of dollars of public money are lost to fraud and corruption, disappearing into the pockets of government officials who take bribes to issue contracts to certain suppliers, and suppliers who fail to deliver on their contracts. Not only that, but if a company offering a sub-standard service or product pays a bribe Read more >

Madonsela’s findings on Pule, Joemat-Pettersson

Public protector Thuli Madonsela released three finalised reports at a media briefing on Thursday 9 December. The reports gave details of investigations into irregular activities at the the Eastern Cape Department of Education, the Department of Communications and the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. Madonsela reported on the findings of an investigation into the Read more >

Grant saga needs probe for clarity

Dear Corruption Watch, The saga about the awarding of the social grants contract has been going on for a while. There was recently a Constitutional Court judgment about it and Corruption Watch intervened in the case. Why did Corruption Watch decide to get involved and what are the implications of the judgment? What Does It All Read more >

CW in successful R10-billion tender appeal

Corruption Watch continues to make a valuable contribution to the fight against corruption, with its most recent success related to the Constitutional Court case involving Allpay Consolidated Investment Holdings (Allpay) and others v The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) and others. The organisation appeared as a friend of the court in September, in a Read more >

Nkandla story not yet over

The presidential homestead in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal, is once more in the news, not only because of the ongoing squabble between public protector Thuli Madonsela and the the police, defence, state security and public works ministers, but also because of previously undisclosed documentation that has just come to light. Parliament’s joint standing committee on intelligence (JSCI) Read more >