Recent media reports on the Seriti Commission’s report and the Constitutional Court judgement and the Public Protector’s report on Nkandla, to name but a few, reveal an unacceptable state of affairs where public finances have been grossly mismanaged. The good news is that civil society in South Africa has not been silent in watching these unprecedented events unfold. Corruption Watch, an anti-corruption organisation based in Johannesburg, has been at the forefront in the fight against corruption in the public sector.
Thursday, 15 September 2016, was a bad day for South Africa’s public sector. First, two of the country’s most senior legal officials were struck off the roll of advocates, the High Court having found them unfit for office. Then, a very senior revenue official was suspended, after various unexplained payments, running into more than a million rands, were made to his bank account. Finally, late in the afternoon, the long-overdue financial statements of South African Airways (SAA) for 2014/15 were tabled in Parliament, revealing an annual loss of well over R4 billion.
The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) is calling for is calling for an independent inquiry into the financial management and auditing controls at the utility, following claims by Carte Blanche of “gross irregularities, overspending, maladministration and possible corruption” at Eskom’s Ingula Pumped Storage Scheme hydroelectric power station on the border of Free State and KwaZulu-Natal.
As I sit here to write this, I have handed in our board approved signed financial audited statements to my finance partner who will then scan for publication on Inyathelo’s website and for our annual report.
Civil rights body, Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) has presented proof that BnP Capital, which has a contract with South African Airways (SAA), have its Financial Services Board (FSB) licence revoked.
OUTA director of legal affairs, Advocate Ivan Herselman, points out that, "We have learnt that the FSB licence of BnP Capital has been suspended."
He was speaking in Johannesburg, a day after OUTA said it planned to interdict the contract between SAA and BnP Capital, and will take further litigation procedures against SAA board members.
The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA), which started as a reaction to urban tolling but has now expanded its scope, launched a petition related to the controversial upgrades made to President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla home.
OUTA wants Zuma to repay 100 percent of the money spent, not the R7.8 million that Treasury determined he is liable for.
OUTA’s petition has already generated massive interest and the organisation states that, “Our last petition caused waves, created awareness and brought about change in the country through numbers.”
Reports say that South Africa’s Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, who took on President Jacob Zuma over the use of taxpayers' money to upgrade his home, will be awarded the prestigious prize for her commitment to fighting corruption.
As the public protector, Madonsela has worked tirelessly to protect the public from corruption and incompetence by government institutions and officials.
She will be awarded the German Africa Foundation's annual prize for exceptional contributions to promoting peace, democracy and human rights.
As ‘persuasion and appeal have failed’‚ an alliance of civil society‚ church‚ trade union and academic organisations will announce a plan for “the people…to reclaim our hard-won democracy from those who defile it for self-interest.”
They met “in the wake of another vote in Parliament which‚ by voting against impeaching the president‚ dishonoured our Constitution and disappointed millions of people.”
The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) has described President Jacob Zuma’s response to the Constitutional Court judgment on the Nkandla matter, as an insult to all South Africans.
OUTA chairperson, Wayne Duvenage, whose joined numerous others in criticising Zuma’s ‘apology’ on the matter, points out that, “A simple apology is all we received from the head of state, along with a feeble excuse of misunderstandings and misguidedness, with a promise of new focus on policy revision related to state expenditure.”
The Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) says the question on whether Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir should have been arrested while in South Africa centres not around whether he would have been prosecuted in the country’s courts but rather that he should have been handed over to the International Criminal Court (ICC), for prosecution.