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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 >

Madonsela lifts lid on post office fraud

Public protector Thuli Madonsela yesterday released her report into irregularities, including corruption, maladministration and improper conduct, at the South African Post Office (Sapo). She found that some of the allegations were substantiated, while others were without substance. Titled Postponed Delivery, the report related mainly to the ten-year lease for Sapo’s new head office at Eco Read more >

Abuse of power is goldmine for CT official

Our zero this week is DA official Paul Hattingh, who is accused of diverting lucrative contracts – to the value of R70-million – in his own direction over the course of four years. His wife and alleged girlfriend were also grateful beneficiaries, and for this abuse of power Hattingh is a worthy zero of the Read more >

Corruption in SA – where do we stand?

First published on Polity.org.za The National Development Plan envisions zero tolerance for corruption in South Africa by the year 2030. With just over a decade to go, can a country that has a history of several high profile corruption cases break the cycle? This is a question asked by Rudi Kruger, GM of Governance, Risk Read more >

Sona underwhelms, ignores corruption

The implementation of measures to cut wasteful expenditure in government and spot checks on those suspected to be running our local government sector to the ground. That’s as far as President Jacob Zuma went to deal with the issue of corruption in his State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Thursday. He made no mention, 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 >

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 >

Govt procurement not just for purchasing?

Government procurement is a sometimes complicated, but necessary process. Government entities have strict procurement regulations that they must abide by – but at Corruption Watch, a significant number of the reports we receive involve corruption in the procurement process. A recent matter involving Beaufort West mayor Truman Prince may prove to be another of those Read more >

Distrust in leaders grows as corrupt eclipse graft busters

By David Lewis First published in Business Day THE results of Transparency International’s corruption perceptions index, released this week, hold mixed news for SA. Our ranking has improved from 67 in the 2014 survey to 61 out of 168 countries surveyed last year. Our score, at 44, has remained the same, with 100 perceived as Read more >