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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 >

Arms corruption: SA ‘high risk’

With the first round of Arms Deal Commission hearings just around the corner, the release of Transparency International’s (TI) inaugural government defence-corruption index couldn’t be more topical. According to the results South Africa scores a D+ and is labelled a “high risk” nation in terms of the susceptibility of our government to corruption in the Read more >

‘Political elite must put integrity above self-interest’

Corruption is eating away at Africa's biggest economy, stifling growth, marring its international reputation and, most importantly, hurting the poor, writes Transparency International’s managing director Cobus de Swardt. Now that the ANC has elected its leaders, it should recognise the problems, opportunities and challenges ahead and make combating corruption a priority. From allegations of dodgy Read more >

Putting a lid on explosive tender rot

By David Ondráčka When the phone rang, it was clear the caller was scared. He worked in the government, he said. He had information on a huge public tender that he needed to share. He had tried to complain to his superiors about the bidding process, but they had rebuffed his allegations. Now he wanted Read more >

Corruption Watch in the press

The last seven days have been busy for Corruption Watch, with the mid-week release of Transparency International’s annual Corruption Perceptions Index on the one hand, and a campaign by the organisation ahead of International Anti-Corruption Day on 9 December 2012. Local media made a lot of noise about the index – understandably so – as Read more >

Mdu Ntuli + Corruption Watch take on fishy deals!

Popular and outspoken comedic animator Mdu Ntuli, the animator behind the Nkandla Fish and Chips commercial recently banned by the SABC, is joining forces with Corruption Watch to encourage South Africans to speak out against corruption. The talented satirist of Mdu Comics and The Izikhokho Show (recently picked up by Comedy Central thanks to run-away Read more >

TI survey confirms SA’s corruption fears rising

The global perception survey on corruption from Transparency International shows South Africa’s position has worsened again.  The country is now ranked 69 out of 176 countries surveyed in 2012, a decline from last year’s 64th position out of 183 countries. “We are not surprised,” commented Corruption Watch executive director David Lewis. “The survey echoes what Read more >