accountability

President Can’t be Own Judge – Madonsela

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has called for the Executive Ethics Act to be amended so that "the president cannot be a judge in his own case."

Madonsela says that the president is the executive guardian of political ethics and there would be a clear conflict of interest if findings were made against him.

Members of the opposition proposed that parliament's rules be amended to include sanctions against the president should he fail to account to Parliament.

Autlwetse Not Aware of Funds Embezzlement

Botswana’s deputy minister of education and skills development, Kgotla Autlwetse, has told Parliament that he is not aware of any fund embezzlement at the Botswana Society for the Deaf in Francistown.
 
Autlwetse pointed out that the last audit done at the Francistown centre for Deaf Education (FCDE) was during the 2013/14 financial year by an Inter-ministerial Team following the rationalisation of all non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and their alignment to line ministries.
 

Calls for transparent, Accountable Political System

The Constitutional Court will hear an application by a non-governmental organisation seeking to determine whether Parliament has failed in its constitutional obligation to get political parties to disclose the source of their private funding.

Currently, political parties are not obliged to disclose their funders and the applicant in the matter, My Vote Counts NPC, is calling for a more inclusive, transparent and accountable political system.

Forming the basis of its case is the constitutional right to access information and the right to vote.

Democracy Under Attack, Says Rupert

Billionaire businessman, Johann Rupert, says that freedom of speech, transparency and honesty in government and farmers - who put food on the table - are under attack in South Africa.

Speaking at a conference honouring former President FW de Klerk, Rupert urged the private sector and civil society to work with government in solving its economic problems.

Helen Suzman Foundation Welcomes Dramat Judgement

The Helen Suzman Foundation welcomes the Pretoria high court ruling that the police cannot unilaterally suspend Hawks boss Anwa Dramat.

The foundation took Dramat’s suspension to court, bringing an urgent application requesting that police minister, Nathi Nhleko’s decision to suspend him be set aside.

Dramat was suspended on 23 December 2015, apparently pending a probe into his alleged involvement in the illegal rendition – the illegal kidnapping and transfer of prisoner from one country to another – of four Zimbabweans in November 2010.

Eskom Blamed for Electricity Problems

Earthlife Africa Johannesburg has criticised Eskom for failing to apologise to South Africans for the ongoing electricity problems when it held a press briefing on Thursday, 15 January 2015.

The group’s energy policy officer, Dominique Doyle, points out that, "The closest the public came to an apology is chief executive officer, Tshediso Matona, stating that Eskom is now opting to do the right thing, thereby acknowledging that Eskom has been doing the wrong thing."

Zuma Criticised Over Nkandla Comments

The FW de Klerk Foundation says that President Jacob Zuma’s comments regarding the distinction between proper state expenditure and self-enrichment are disturbing.
 
In a press statement, the foundation says Zuma’s reported comparison between the construction of George airport and money spent on his Nkandla home raises ‘disturbing questions’.
 

'Person of Integrity' Award for Madonsela

The Corruption Watch says Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, will be honoured with Amnesty International's 'Person of Integrity' award for 2014.

Corruption Watch executive director, David Lewis, points out that, "Given the recent attacks on the public protector and her office, one of the crucial anti-corruption institutions in our constitutional democracy, this award represents a gratifying show of support from the global community."

Call for NGOs to be Audited

Nsanje District Commissioner, Harry Phiri, says that the Kalondolondo Social audit programme should start assessing projects implemented by the country's non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

Phiri says that most of the NGOs in Malawi receive more funds from donors, adding that the funds are not properly handled and therefore need to be assessed.

His opinion comes at a time when the district is to have its 25 Local Development Fund (LDF) teacher houses project audited by the Kalondolondo programme.

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