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Corruption Watch lobbies for public influence in key leadership appointments

Corruption Watch has today launched an awareness campaign to highlight the need for greater transparency, merit-based criteria and public participation in the appointment of key leadership positions, most notably in the anti-corruption institutions that constitute the pillars of our democracy. During 2019 and 2020, three of these institutions will require new leaders, namely the executive Read more >

High Court’s Seriti judgment should cheer commission-weary SA

By Caroline James and Tara DavisFirst published on Maverick Citizen When Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane suggested in Parliament last month that President Cyril Ramaphosa appoint a commission of inquiry into the disgraced company Bosasa (now known as African Global Operations), the collective sigh of exasperation around the country was almost audible. Commissions of inquiry 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 >

The importance of PR in the fight against corruption

By Jason Kohn First published on the Global Anticorruption Blog It’s long been recognised that public relations (PR) is a crucial tool in the fight against corruption. This recognition is codified in the UN Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC), Article 13 of which requires state parties to “[u]ndertak[e] public information activities that contribute to non-tolerance of Read more >

Lifestyle audits around the corner for SA officials

By Mia HuntFirst published on Global Government Forum Patricia De Lille, the minister of public works and infrastructure, announced recently that “lifestyle audits” will be carried out on all senior staff in her department, in a bid to tackle corruption in government.  The news followed a renewed pledge by President Cyril Ramaphosa in his State Read more >

After two decades of evasion, Mdluli bites the dust

By Kwazi Dlamini On Tuesday 30 July 2019, former head of police crime intelligence Richard Mdluli was found guilty of four counts of intimidation, two counts of kidnapping and three counts of assault at the North Gauteng High Court. The charges relate to a love triangle that involved Mdluli’s former partner and another man in Read more >

CW adds voice to IEC’s proposed party funding regulations

Corruption Watch has made written submissions to the Independent Electoral Commission on their proposed regulations to the Political Party Funding Act. This follows the organisation’s oral and written submissions to Parliament during 2017, on the Political Party Funding Bill. The commission is holding public hearings into the draft regulations for the Political Party Funding Act Read more >

Flouting constitutional duties will not be tolerated

The judgment handed down yesterday against the public protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, in the case of ABSA Bank and Others v the Public Protector and Others, is profoundly significant for a number of reasons. Christine Botha of the Centre for Constitutional Rights unpacks the significance of yesterday’s judgment, reminds us of the events leading up to Read more >

Mogoeng: “Masters of corruption are everywhere”

By Canny MaphangaFirst published on News24 Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng says South Africa, the rest of the continent and the rest of the world will not be able to defeat corruption unless the narrative that it is a “black thing” is debunked. “We have channelled ourselves into believing that corruption can only be in the Read more >