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Guide to the Protection from Harassment Act

Whistleblowers in South Africa, as is the situation in other countries, are protected under the law. The Constitution is the first line of defence, and then there is legislation such as the Protected Disclosures Act (PDA) – known informally as the whistleblower’s act. Under this act an employee can report corruption and irregular conduct, and Read more >

Remove the stain of corruption

By Steven Powell Publisher’s note: “The publication of this article is not intended to highlight the harsh reality of bribery and corruption in our country. The core objective is to promote the need for organisations to implement remedial action, in order to curb bribery and corruption throughout all areas of their business. “This article is Read more >

Glossary of corruption-related terms

Do you know your baksheesh from your bribery? Your cronyism from your collusion? Read our glossary of terms relating to corruption to find out what they all mean. Sources: U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre Transparency International A ACCESS TO INFORMATION – the right by law, often through freedom of information legislation (acts or laws), to access Read more >

Global snapshots 8 January 2016

The worst corruption scandals of 2015 A goat and cash exchanged for shortened sentences in Ghanaian prisons. International soccer games that were bought and sold. Rolexes and vacation clubs traded for Chinese business deals. In 2015, massive corruption scandals embroiled world leaders, high court judges, and the men who run the world’s soccer industry, among Read more >

Survey: South Africans do bribe, but all is not lost

A new survey, released last week by the Ethics Institute of South Africa (EthicsSA), sheds some regrettable light on South African ethics – the survey found that resistance to bribery among South Africans who were asked for a bribe, is not as high as it should be. Titled South African Citizens’ Bribery Survey 2015, the Read more >

Madonsela: youth can change the system

Corruption Watch, in partnership with youth content agency Livity Africa, held a Youth Dialogue to celebrate International Anti-Corruption Day on 9 December. The event took place at The Orbit Jazz Club and Bistro in Braamfontein. Young leaders from around the country, as well as Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, engaged in a robust discussion about the Read more >

Break the corruption chain

Today is International Anti-Corruption Day, a campaign driven by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The theme of this year’s event is Breaking the chain of corruption, and it sends the message that fighting corruption starts with the individual. A positive and pro-active stance against corruption is the Read more >

SA police force featured in new corruption book

South Africa is one of eight emerging nations whose police forces are profiled in a new book titled Police Corruption and Police Reforms in Developing Societies. The volume, edited by Kempe Ronald Hope, Sr., looks at efforts to combat police corruption in Argentina, Cameroon, Ghana, India, Kenya, Solomon Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, and South Africa, Read more >

Businessman blows the whistle on corrupt officials

These days it’s almost standard practice among those seeking to do business with state departments to pay bribes in order to win lucrative contracts. But there are those who stand up against this unwanted activity – such as businessman Fikile Bili from North West’s Ditsobotla local municipality. He blew the whistle on corrupt government employees Read more >