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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 >

CW report exposes money mismanagement in schools

In its report released today, titled Loss of Principle, Corruption Watch reveals that between January 2012 and July 2015 more than 1 000 reports have been received from the public regarding corruption in schools across South Africa. Of these reports, 54% implicate principals as the primary culprits in corrupt activities. These reports follow a pattern Read more >

Even pensions can be scammed

Dear Corruption Watch, I am 84 and receive a civil pension from the Government Employees Pension Fund. About 10 years ago, the GEPF sent me a letter saying my increments had been incorrectly calculated and requesting that I pay back about R32 000. I ignored the letter, thinking it was a scam. I recently received Read more >

Thorough checks will unmask CV fraudsters

Fraudsters who lie about their experience and qualifications on their CVs are popping up regularly in South Africa – but it’s entirely possible to prevent these unscrupulous individuals from entering the workplace. This important responsibility lies with human resource (HR) departments, and it’s a task they can achieve if they do their work properly. This Read more >

Global corruption snapshots: 30 July 2015

Malaysia PM sacks deputy amid corruption scandal Najib Razak announces cabinet reshuffle after his deputy asked him for explanation of alleged fraud at investment fund. – Al Jazeera UK to hold ‘anti-corruption summit’ in 2016 UK prime minister David Cameron will hold an international “anti corruption” summit in London next year as he announced a Read more >

Mdluli charge sheet under wraps

Former crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli and his two co-accused, Heine Barnard and now Solomon Lazarus, don’t have long to wait until they go on trial. However, South Africans may have to wait until the trial begins in August to know the crimes for which the trio has to answer. According to media reports, the Read more >

Charges reinstated against Mdluli, Barnard

Corruption Watch has followed the Richard Mdluli case almost since the day the organisation launched. For years Mdluli, the former head of police crime intelligence, has evaded justice relating to charges of, among others, murder, attempted murder, assault and corruption. In March 2011 he was charged with murder, attempted murder, intimidation, kidnapping, assault, grievous bodily Read more >

Samwu corruption suspect now in custody

The Save Our Samwu (SOS) campaign, notes its website, came about following the dismissals, expulsions and suspensions of leading Samwu officials after the union’s national office bearers (NOBs) refused to answer questions on the organisation’s finances. In April 2014 a majority vote called for the suspension of the NOBs and for a forensic audit. "It was Read more >

No consciences in social grant fraud

A nursing sister at a provincial hospital is alleged to be receiving a child support grant for a child that does not exist. Through a connection at the home affairs department, presumably, the nurse managed to get a birth certificate made for this “child” so she could be eligible to receive a child support grant. Read more >