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Corruption still afflicts SA’s education sector, says new CW report

A new report released today by Corruption Watch reveals the persistent graft and corruption in certain areas of the education sector in South Africa, despite the numerous policies and legislation intended to provide unimpeded access to decent education. Titled Sound the Alarm, the report highlights 3 667 reports of education-related corruption received between 2012 and Read more >

Media advisory: new CW report highlights edu sector corruption

Corruption Watch will release a report on Thursday 25 August 2022, highlighting corruption in the education sector. The report provides information on the different types and levels of corruption experienced in the education sector. Key focus areas are misappropriation of resources, maladministration and abuse of authority, among others. The sectoral report represents the voices of Read more >

For whistle-blowers, there are few rewards but many risks

This piece is extracted from Corruption Watch’s 2021 annual report. For more information, click here. By Moepeng TalaneFirst published on News24 “The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything” – a quote attributable to the late Albert Einstein, renowned all over the world Read more >

Police graft leads the way in latest CW report

In its latest report released today, Corruption Watch spotlights the 1 591 brave whistle-blowers who have exposed corruption in different sectors across the country, suggesting a determination to continue to act in the face of widespread corruption in South Africa. The 2019 Analysis of Corruption Trends Report, the third edition of this half-yearly publication, also Read more >

Our relentless fight against corruption in schools in SA

By Tara DavisFirst published on Etico The idea that education is the key tool to alleviating poverty may be reductionist, but it’s not wrong. Education has the potential to create economic opportunities and upward social mobility. It is a particularly important tool in South Africa where there is an urgent need for access to redress, Read more >

Uncooperative education depts stall CW investigations

By Kwazi Dlamini When we investigate a report, it is of paramount importance for us to give a right of reply to anyone implicated. However, this comes with a lot of waiting and non-responses, especially from government departments, and the Eastern Cape Department of Education (ECDOE) is no exception. It is not unheard of for Read more >

“No-fee” schools turn away children who can’t pay

By Cally Ballack First published on GroundUp.org South African schools are divided into five categories known as quintiles. The quintiles range from the poorest to the least poor, with quintile 1 being the poorest 20% of schools in the country. Quintile 5 covers the least poor public schools and parents of children who go to Read more >

Bribery reported as most prevalent corruption in Western Cape

Bribery and the abuse of power and resources is a disturbing catalyst for creating an environment where crime and corruption can flourish. In Corruption Watch’s latest statistics on the Western Cape, the primary forms of corruption are bribery, irregularities in procurement and employment, embezzlement of funds, and theft of resources. Data was gathered from reports Read more >

Holding power to account in the school governing body

He came, he learned, and now he leads. In early May this year, soon after the end of the national school governing body (SGB) elections held across South Africa, *Jomo Sithole visited the Corruption Watch office with a lot of questions and an eager mind. He was determined to learn as much as he could Read more >