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Guns, politics, lies: the arms deal’s whitewash commission

By Tara Davis and Deborah Mutemwa-TumboFirst published in the Sunday Times What is the point of commissions of inquiry? Are they powerful tools for investigating issues of public concern that can ultimately bring about justice, or are they expensive political options used by those in power to pacify the public and justify impunity? Corruption Watch Read more >

Arms deal commission FAQ, and CW and R2K’s challenge

What is a commission of inquiry? A commission of inquiry is one of many bodies available to the government to inquire into various issues. Commissions report findings, give advice and make recommendations. While their findings are not legally binding, they can be highly influential. Commissions must act strictly within their terms of reference and ensure Read more >

Arms deal and Seriti Commission FAQ

What was the arms deal? In December 1999, the South African government signed contracts with a number of European defence companies to buy a range of sophisticated military equipment. South Africa purchased: Gripen jet fighters and Hawk jet fighter trainers from the UK/Swedish partnership, British Aerospace (now BAE Systems) and Saab. corvette warships from the Read more >

Media advisory: Court reckoning for Seriti findings

The application of Corruption Watch (CW) and Right2Know (R2K) to review and set aside the findings of the Arms Procurement Commission (the Seriti Commission) finally comes to court on 11 and 12 June, after several years of dogged scrutiny of the flawed processes and ongoing efforts to hold those implicated in the alleged corruption in Read more >

Will Zuma’s fate on corruption charges finally be decided?

The man who took the meaning of ‘teflon’ to a new level is in court this week in what some are calling his last chance to avoid prosecution. Former president Jacob Zuma has been evading corruption and racketeering charges for 10 years, and so far all attempts to make the charges stick have been unsuccessful. Read more >

Damning new evidence of failure by arms commission

This week Corruption Watch (CW) and the Right2Know (R2K) Campaign submitted damning new evidence to the High Court that the Arms Deal Commission failed to do its job. This is an important step in the civil society group’s ongoing challenge against the commission’s findings. The new evidence shows that the commission not only failed in Read more >

People’s Tribunal issues call for evidence

 People’s Tribunal on Economic Crime in South Africa Constitution Hill, Johannesburg First hearings: 8-12 November 2017 Given the failure of state institutions to fully investigate allegations of corruption and state capture, members of civil society have today announced the creation of a People’s Tribunal on Economic Crime in South Africa. We urge members of the Read more >

CW and ISS urge public to participate in police survey

On the eve of the commemoration of the Marikana massacre, Corruption Watch (CW) and the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) have launched a survey encouraging the public to voice their opinions about the skills and attributes they would like to see in the South African Police Service (SAPS) national commissioner and the head of the Read more >