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Sona underwhelms, ignores corruption

The implementation of measures to cut wasteful expenditure in government and spot checks on those suspected to be running our local government sector to the ground. That’s as far as President Jacob Zuma went to deal with the issue of corruption in his State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Thursday. He made no mention, Read more >

June Sona light on accountability, anti-corruption

By Valencia Talane The first sign of work done on the ground by the chief procurement officer (CPO) was an announcement by President Jacob Zuma in his State of the Nation Address (Sona) of the centralised procurement by the office of furniture for Eastern Cape schools. “We have begun piloting this new approach with the Read more >

No faith in Zuma’s corruption fight

By Valencia Talane As President Jacob Zuma stood to address Parliament and the rest of South Africa on the state of affairs in the country on Thursday, South Africans would have been divided between those who hoped against all odds that there would be a bold statement on accountability to corruption by government leaders, and Read more >

State of the Nation 2014

President Jacob Zuma delivered his last State of the Nation speech as head of the current government, on 13 February. There has been a mixed reaction to the address, with some analysts saying that it focused very much on the past, rather than looking ahead – this was expected to some extent. However, 2014 does Read more >

Zuma address: substance lacking

President Jacob Zuma’s 2013 State of the Nation Address, delivered yesterday evening, did not impress much. His message on corruption lacked a critical element of redress – accountability. Zuma did a reasonably good job of hailing the work done by those organs of state tasked with fighting the corruption that has worried many South Africans Read more >

Call to President Zuma ahead of State of the Nation address

In his State of the Nation Address President Jacob Zuma should demonstrate his commitment to accountability and transparency by announcing the release of the Nkandla upgrade report to the public. “If the government wants to be taken seriously in the fight against corruption, details on Nkandla upgrade should be released. Government’s commitment to fighting corruption Read more >