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Twenty years on: no more elimination of corruption

The 2014 national elections mark the 20-year anniversary of the ANC-led government and while views on whether or not the country’s fortunes have improved vary widely, even the most rosy-bespectacled of citizens would have a hard time denying that corruption has become a massive problem in recent years. Because there has been only one party 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 >

Time to stop the rot at the SABC

There is corruption at the highest level of the SABC – confirmed by public protector Thuli Madonsela yesterday when she released a report detailing maladministration and abuse of power and public money in the corridors of the state broadcaster. The document, titled When Governance and Ethics Fail, fingers the SABC's chief operations officer (COO), Hlaudi Read more >

Office of the public protector must be respected

The Corruption Watch board calls for respect of the office of the public protector in carrying out its Constitutionally-mandated duties. The board has issued a press statement, which is reproduced in full below: The Corruption Watch board has noted the on-going tensions between the public protector and Cabinet ministers regarding her report on the upgrade Read more >

Nala Municipality promises a turnaround

The troubled Free State municipality of Nala has received a lot of attention since the beginning of 2013, with much of its dirty laundry – including fraud and corruption allegations and poor service delivery reports – being hung out in the last few weeks. Read our original article about this here. In between a visit Read more >

Corruption survey results – what you didn’t see

Yesterday the papers and news sites were awash with reports of a new survey which found that most adults living in big cities believe corruption is endemic, but what wasn’t so widely publicised were the other survey findings – like the fact that perceptions of government corruption have improved on the East Rand, Pretoria, Cape Read more >

Big thinkers meet to dissect SA’s corruption

“If there is political will we will eradicate corruption in this country,” proclaimed Steven Powell, a former specialist prosecutor for the Department of Justice and director of the forensics arm of law firm Edward Nathan Sonnenberg. “We have to introduce an independent corruption fighting body that will investigate anyone without fear of victimisation.” Powell was Read more >

Another textbooks court battle ‘inevitable’

By Chantelle Benjamin It’s back to court for Section27 and the National Department of Basic Education, with the lobby group saying it will lodge papers in the North Gauteng High Court in the next few weeks after trying “everything not to return to court, but it has become apparent that it’s inevitable”, according to the Read more >

Diary of a whistleblower

While Solly Tshitangano fought a lonely two-year battle, sometimes fearing for his life, the real victims in the sorry saga of Limpopo’s textbooks are the schoolchildren who have lost out half-a-year of education – and will struggle to complete the year successfully. View the full timeline of events here. Solly Tshitangano is a hero; he Read more >