South Africa, like numerous other countries, has a strong legal framework of anti-corruption laws, but their implementation is not robust, and perpetrators are seldom punished.

Those who engage in corruption are easily able to hide their ill-gotten gains in secret companies or those with opaque corporate ownership structures, or by laundering the proceeds into luxury goods or offshore bank accounts, allowing themselves an extravagant lifestyle in which consequences do not feature.

Global anti-corruption NGO Transparency International (TI) says it’s time to put a stop to this culture of impunity. The organisation's new global campaign Unmask the Corrupt (UtC) urges governments to stop wrongdoers from using these channels to hide the billions of dollars gained through corruption. The three main focus areas of the campaign are beneficial ownership, luxury goods and denial of entry.

UtC is a two-year initiative that forms a new aspect of the NGO’s broader international anti-impunity campaign. It launches officially on 1 September. This page contains links to everything you need to know about it, including updates, articles, and material for download.

Visit the international UtC website.

Press releases and updates

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South Africa joins other Transparency International national chapters in Australia, Brazil, France, Indonesia, Malaysia, Portugal, Russia, Switzerland, the UK, and the US, in launching the global Unmask the Corrupt campaign. The chapters will urge their governments to close legal loopholes that facilitate the transfer of stolen or illicit assets across international borders.