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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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

Defence anti-corruption index exposes SA weaknesses

Ahead of the G20 summit, which this year takes place in Antalya, Turkey, on 15 and 16 November, Transparency International UK’s Defence and Security Programme has launched the results of the Government Defence Anti-Corruption Index (GI) for these states, including South Africa. The GI measures the risk of corruption in national defence and security establishments 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 >

Block, ANC not walking the talk on corruption

Update: John Block has resigned as finance MEC in the Northern Cape government, as ANC MPL and as provincial chairman of the ANC – a move that has come far too late. BDLive reports that the ANC says it will continue to help Block “clear his name” – despite the damning judgment against him. Five Read more >

Sassa still ducking and diving

Corruption Watch has learned of the resignation of a senior executive at the South African Social Services Agency (Sassa) who was linked to the alleged irregular payment to (CPS) of almost R317-million. This amount was for the re-registration of grant recipients. Frank Earl tendered his registration several weeks ago in what a reliable source to Read more >