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Directly electing our president does not guarantee accountability

By Steven FriedmanFirst published on My Vote Counts Academics who teach politics do not believe that their knowledge equips them to judge court cases or to represent parties in legal actions. But judges and lawyers tend to believe that legal training somehow equips them with a knowledge of politics greater than that of their fellow Read more >

Corruption stunts our freedom in South Africa

By Paul HoffmanFirst published on Accountability Now The liberation struggle in South Africa, in Africa and elsewhere in the world where people once lived in chains, was aimed at achieving freedom for ordinary folk. The freedom of the individual is, in a way, the higher purpose of the modern state. The struggle for freedom in Read more >

Zuma pleads not guilty, corruption trial postponed to 19 July

The corruption trial of former president Jacob Zuma and his co-accused, French arms manufacturer Thales, resumed today in the Pietermaritzburg High Court after a week-long break, only to be postponed until 19 July by Judge Piet Koen. This will give the state time to analyse the documents related to the special plea Zuma has entered Read more >

Conduct of Seriti commission judges to be investigated

In 2016 Corruption Watch (CW) and Right2Know (R2K) challenged the findings of the Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of Fraud, Corruption and Wrongdoing in the Strategic Defence Procurement Package (the Seriti commission). The two organisations argued that the commission misled the public by exonerating politicians and public servants of any wrongdoing relating to the arms Read more >

Zuma corruption trial date finally set down for 17 May

Street art by Faith47 Jacob Zuma, a man who has been dodging corruption charges since the mid-2000s, will finally go on trial for those charges on 17 May. The Pietermaritzburg High Court ruled on 23 February that the corruption case against Zuma and his co-accused, French arms company Thales, will start in just under three Read more >

Zuma, Thales corruption trial looms after latest challenge dismissed

On Friday morning, 22 January, the Pietermaritzburg High Court dismissed, with costs, the bid by French arms company Thales to challenge racketeering charges. Known at that time as Thomson-CSF, Thales was a supplier in South Africa’s controversial multi-billion-rand arms deal in 1999. The charges of corruption, racketeering and money laundering are linked to the hugely Read more >

Zuma’s day in court finally rolls around

Now that the inevitable can’t be put off any longer, former president Jacob Zuma is making a show of impatience for the start of his corruption trial. Zuma has been ducking and diving accountability for years in what has been referred to as a classic Stalingrad defence, but now that his options have run out, Read more >