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CW annual report: average 11 whistle-blower reports a day in 2020

The Corruption Watch (CW) 2020 annual report, titled From Crisis to Action, reflects the extent to which all organisations and individuals in South Africa witnessed and experienced the massive impact of the global coronavirus pandemic.  During this period the public was increasingly outraged by the rampant corruption that emerged in relation to procurement and distribution Read more >

MEDIA ADVISORY: CW to launch 2020 annual corruption report

Corruption Watch will release its ninth annual corruption report, titled From Crisis to Action, on Thursday, 25 March at 10h00. The report provides an overview of the organisation’s anti-corruption efforts in 2020, a year that was marred by the Covid-19 pandemic, a defining global health crisis that also exposed how deeply the culture of corruption Read more >

Marikana caught in politicised food parcels storm

Image: Sabeehah Motala By Valencia Talane A community in Marikana, Rustenburg, in the North West is learning the hard way the cost of being poor and not politically connected during the Covid-19 lockdown. They are caught up in a political storm that is costing them the most urgent need, food. And a ward councillor in Read more >

CW responds to Eskom’s statement on the COO

Corruption Watch (CW) questions Eskom’s media statement of 15 April 2020 on the chief operating officer (COO), Jan Oberholzer. The statement in question is reproduced at the end of this document. The organisation has previously identified factually incorrect statements by Eskom.  The whistle-blower who approached CW raised concerns about victimisation with respect to a prior Read more >

CW annual report: Public fights corruption in key sectors

Corruption Watch (CW) today released its latest annual corruption report. Titled The Writing is on the Wall, it shows how throughout 2019, the public continued to expose corrupt individuals intent on abusing their power and looting public resources in key sectors. The 3 694 whistle-blower reports in 2019 highlighted how individuals were robbed of access to Read more >

CW responds to Eskom’s whistle-blowing statement

On 19 March 2020, the Eskom board issued a media statement titled Eskom board statement on allegations against the COO, citing the Eskom employee who raised the allegations and has submitted an affidavit to the Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture. The entire Eskom board statement is attached at the end of this document.    From Corruption Watch’s (CW) analysis of the information at Read more >

Are our whistle-blowers adequately protected?

Part one of our mini-series on South African laws that protect whistle-blowers focused mainly on the Protected Disclosures Act (PDA) – our main piece of legislation – and the key ways that it differs from international best practice. In part two we examine how the actual procedures for making a disclosure measure up. Once the Read more >

SA’s whistle-blower protection – how robust is it?

Whistle-blower – A person who exposes any kind of information or activity that is deemed illegal, unethical, or not correct within an organisation that is either private or public Wim Vandekerckhove, Whistleblowing and Organizational Social Responsibility : A Global Assessment. Whistle-blowers are the lifeblood of Corruption Watch. Our work is driven by the reports we receive 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 >