Here’s a snapshot of some of the corruption reports* we’ve received from the public recently, so you can get a feel for the kind of trends we're picking up:

School funds go missing

“The teachers at a school in Soweto request for your immediate intervention. For a long time now we have been seeking for help but to no avail. We’d like you to send a team of independent investigators to probe the usage of funds starting from January 2009 to December 2012. It has been many months since the school governing body (SGB) elections, but the former SGB chairperson is still involved. He has embezzled school funds.”

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Municipality complicit in illegal connections

“I am a resident in a local municipality. Over the past five years there has been a problem of land invasion in the area because some people were selling land illegally. People bought stands from those people and now council officials, from electricity and water dept, are also illegally helping those stand owners to connect the services illegally with payment of some sort. The municipality is turning a blind eye on the problem. There is no political will on the part of the council to tackle the issue. Some of council officials are involved cause they are making quick bucks with connections. Lenasia land issue is small compared to what is taking place in our area. I have reported the matter to petition office and housing dept but nothing is changing.”

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Corrupt principal

“Please do an investigation of theft, fraud, extortion, forgery or uttering of a forged document, money laundering, maladministration, mismanagement, misuse of school funds and racketeering, against the principal of a school in KZN. The principal has been stealing money from the department for many years now. The furniture of the school is old, there are tree learners per one broken desk, windows have remained broken for three years now, doors are missing, the school is without a cleaner, the school does not have taps or running water. Months go by without materials like chalk, photocopying paper, toner. Learners do not eat for a week, while the supplier claims everyday.

"Yet when the principal presents budgets, he indicates that all the above-mentioned things have been allocated for. He indicates that he bought furniture, glasses, windows, doors, frames, paid for a cleaner, repaired the school fence without even doing all this things only just to steal the department funds.”

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Limpopo municipal official demanding bribes

An official at a Limpopo municipality has been abusing the municipality projects. He uses different companies to get projects in the municipality and demands bribes. He also has a company that provides services to municipality. Recently he persuaded a service provider to inflate prices for a promotional event. This service provider has a record of corruption in all the work they have done, by means of bribes. The company is always appointed for a big mayoral festival every year. The municipal official requests three difference quotations, but he always makes sure this service provider wins. After the service provider will pay him a bribe."

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*Extra details that could identify the reporter or the accused have been taken out.

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Here’s a snapshot of some of the corruption reports* we’ve received from the public recently, so you can get a feel for the kind of trends we’re picking up: school funds going missing, municipality paid to turn a blind eye on illegal power connections, a corrupt principal who’s deceiving the department and a Limpopo municipal official getting kickbacks from a favoured service provider.