Mvula sacks acting CEO

The board of Mvula Trust has relieved the organisation’s acting CEO of his duties before appointing a permanent replacement, Alex Eliseev reports following Corruption Watch’s exposé on the respected NGO in late January. Read the original article here. The move comes less than two weeks after an investigation which revealed allegations of fronting against the Read more >

The big business of corruption

Corruption seems to have become the norm and if big business can't keep its hands off public funds, can South Africans expect government to do so, asks Nickolaus Bauer in Mail&Guardian. Read the original article here. The alleged fixing of state construction contracts dominated newspaper headlines earlier this week, but soon petered out as allegations Read more >

The week that was for CW

Corruption Watch received extensive media coverage in the last week, ranging from our call to release a report on corruption in the Gauteng health department, to out intervention in the Nkandla saga, to the Mvula Trust R30-million tender exposé, and then our first-year anniversary report launch and press briefing. Below follow links to how these Read more >

Mvula Trust exposé: the latest

Rural development non-profit Mvula Trust has issued a press statement in response to Corruption Watch’s exposé of “fronting” in a R30-million tender won by the respected NGO for a job-creation project. The story was broken on 702 Eyewitness News and Daily Maverick by Alex Eliseev. Read the original article here and press statement here. Earlier Read more >

Seriti responds to ‘second agenda’ claims

Last week Corruption Watch reported on allegations made by a former senior investigator for the commission of inquiry into the procurement of arms, commonly referred to as the Seriti commission. Norman Moabi's damning claims were of a second agenda that is at play within the commission, which was appointed by President Jacob Zuma in 2011. Read more >

‘Political elite must put integrity above self-interest’

Corruption is eating away at Africa's biggest economy, stifling growth, marring its international reputation and, most importantly, hurting the poor, writes Transparency International’s managing director Cobus de Swardt. Now that the ANC has elected its leaders, it should recognise the problems, opportunities and challenges ahead and make combating corruption a priority. From allegations of dodgy Read more >

Rethinking procurement to fight corruption

To combat corruption, the government and private industry have to change their models of supply change management, according to procurement experts. They were in Johannesburg on 4 October to inaugurate the government’s recognition of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS). Procurement, the buying of a good or service, is a contentious issue in Read more >

Step-by-step guide to tendering for government

Who issues tenders and where to find them: Tenders are issued by national and provincial government departments and municipalities, parastatals like Eskom, Spoornet and SABC Major national and provincial tenders are advertised on the Government Tender Bulletin, which can be obtained from the Government Printer, Private Bag X85, Pretoria, 0001 or downloaded online at Read more >

What makes a tender dodgy?

By Chantelle Benjamin A recent probe by Corruption Watch into a R13.6-million Department of Transport communication tender, which revealed several serious irregularities, highlights problems faced by government in trying to police billions of rands’ worth of tenders annually. The Corruption Watch report, which was given to the public protector on Thursday 23 June, revealed a Read more >