accountability

Civil Society Campaign Aims at Zuma

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.”

Zuma’s Apology an Insult to South Africans

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.”

26th AU Summit: Time to Take the APRM off Life Support?

The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) – launched in 2002 with so much fanfare and hope by continental leaders such as South Africa’s Thabo Mbeki and Nigeria’s Olusegun Obasanjo – is faltering. The last reports of the African Union’s governance programme into member countries’ performances in political, economic, corporate and social governance were conducted back in 2011 and issued in 2013, on Zambia and Tanzania.

The Gap in South Africa's Transparency Regime

The last time the United Democratic Movement’s Bantu Holomisa lodged a complaint with the Public Protector, it led to the eventual resignation of the chair of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), Advocate Pansy Tlakula, who was found to be presiding over an ‘unmanaged conflict of interest.’

NGOs Urged to Deal With Corruption First

Zimbabwe’s local government minister, Saviour Kasukuwe, says civil society activists have no business in auditing national programmes such as the youth fund because no one audit NGOs when they loot donor funds.

Kasukuwere was heading the indigenisation ministry in 2009 when government, with the assistance of Old Mutual, disbursed US$11 million for youths' projects which 97 percent of the beneficiaries failed to repay.

Donor Funds: NGOs Fail to Account

According to a senior official of a regulatory board, millions of dollars sent to various non-governmental organisations in Kenya by donors cannot be accounted for.
 
NGO Coordination Board, executive director, Fazul Mohammed Yusuf, says the money, in excess of 23.6 billion Kenyan shillings (about US$224 391 450), could not be accounted for in the 2014 financial year.
 
Yusuf says they are also pursuing some organisations suspected to be financing acts of terrorism.
 

South Africa Ranks Fourth on the IIAG

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation says that South Africa is the continent's fourth-best governed country on the African continent.

It its latest Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG), the organisation ranks all 54 African countries using 15 years of data from 33 independent institutions.

The organisation notes that each country gets an overall score out of 100, with the total scores composed from four main categories (each with their own subcategories): safety and rule of law, participation and human rights, sustainable economic opportunity, and human development.

Zuma Accused Over Nkandla Recommendations

A Cape Town nonprofit organisation has accused President Jacob Zuma of acting unlawfully and irrationally by not implementing the public protector’s recommendation he should pay back a portion of the money spent to upgrade his Nkandla homestead.

The president is set to fight legal battles in both the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria and the Constitutional Court centrering around the powers of Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela.

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