SA launches third OGP national action plan

South Africa hosted the Open Government Partnership (OGP) regional meeting on 5 and 6 May, in Cape Town. This year’s event was preceded by a civil society day on 4 May. The meeting took place under the theme of Open Government for Sustainable Development in Africa, and topics included the role of parliaments in OGP, tackling Read more >

Corruption Watch appears in the Constitutional Court

UPDATE: The Constitutional Court will hand down judgment in this matter on 31 March at 10h00. Corruption Watch appeared on 9 February in the Constitutional Court as amicus curiae (friend of the court) in the application by the EFF and DA to enforce the public protector’s findings in the Nkandla report. Our focus in this Read more >

Construction collusion still being uncovered

In 2013 news of a major scandal in the construction sector broke, with 15 firms implicated in extensive collusion in Fifa World Cup projects. Corruption Watch was involved in the case, making a submission to the Competition Tribunal which called for those who were affected by the illegal activity to pursue civil claims against the Read more >

Profile of a public protector

What values and attributes would you like to see in your next public protector? Many South Africans would not struggle in answering this question. This is partly because the public profile of the incumbent, Thuli Madonsela, has been raised broadly over the past few years, thanks to controversial issues investigated by her team as well Read more >

Unite Against Corruption : the struggle continues

In 2015 the Unite Against Corruption (UAC) campaign responded to an upsurge in anger at the extent to which corruption was becoming embedded and institutionalised across our country. The formation of the UAC created a space for a very diverse group of people and organisations from different sectors to come together and take a firm Read more >

Bua Mzansi gets public involved

Corruption Watch today launched a mass public awareness and mobilisation campaign, Bua Mzansi, in a bid to ensure that the Office of the Public Protector remains a safely guarded cornerstone of South Africa’s democracy when the new public protector takes office later this year. The launch took place at Constitution Hill, the seat of South Read more >

Corruption Watch joins EFF and DA as amicus in Nkandla matter

Corruption Watch has been granted leave to intervene as amicus curiae or a friend of the court in the EFF and DA’s application to enforce the public protector’s findings in the Nkandla report. The organisation’s primary interest in this matter is in respect of compliance by state officials and the president with the public protector’s Read more >

Launch of public protector campaign: Bua Mzansi

MEDIA ADVISORY: The Office of the Public Protector, as a key Chapter Nine institution, performs a critical function in protecting and supporting democracy in South Africa. The nomination and selection of a new public protector this year, to replace Thuli Madonsela, who ends her term of office on 19 October 2016, presents an opportunity to Read more >

Graft should send a shiver down SA’s spine

Each year the release of Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index generates a predictably polarised South African response. Some insist that it understates our problem. Others argue that it is part of a “cold war” waged by developed counties against developing countries, another platform for discrediting developing country governments by luming them with responsibility for a Read more >