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  • 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’.
     
    “If he is correctly reported, the president’s comments raise disturbing questions regarding his views on the distinction between proper state expenditure on bona fide projects and expenditure that will result in his own enormous and unjustifiable enrichment,” argues Dave Steward, the organisation’s executive director.
     
    To read the article titled, “Zuma's Nkandla comparison raises alarms,” click here.

    Source: 
    Mail and Guardian
  • '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."

    Lewis states that this achievement is a clear demonstration of the wide-reaching impact of the exemplary way in which Madonsela has maintained the integrity of her office and fulfilled her role in this country.

    To read the article titled, “Madonsela to get 'Person of Integrity' award: Corruption Watch,” click here.

    Source: 
    Times Live
  • 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.

    To read the article titled, “CSOS' projects should be audited - Nsanje DC,” click here.

    Source: 
    All Africa
  • CASAC Criticises Zuma Over Nkandla

    The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC) says that President Jacob Zuma's failure to account properly on the Public Protector's report on his Nkandla homestead shows contempt for Parliament and for the Constitution.

    In a press statement, CASAC points out that, "The president should be allowed to complete his answers to the questions that had been tabled for answer on 21 August 2014, and to respond to any supplementary questions in the National Assembly.”

    Meanwhile, Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, wrote that, "I am concerned that the decision you have made regarding the police minister gives him power he does not have under law, which is to review my decision taken in pursuit of the powers of administrative scrutiny I am given... by the Constitution."
     
    To read the article titled, “CASAC: Zuma showing contempt for Parliament,” click here.

    Source: 
    News 24
  • SASSA to Act Against CPS

    According to an article by Asha Speckman, it could not get much worse for Net1 UEPS Technologies, which faces the wrath of the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) over unlawful charges for airtime and loans that the service provider has been deducting from the monthly payout to beneficiaries under its R10 billion social grant tender.

    Net1 shares went into free-fall following the ruling, dropping 28 percent to R70 during intraday trade on the JSE, before recouping some of the losses to end the session down 12.76 percent at R85.50.

    Meanwhile, SASSA chief executive, Virginia Petersen, says the agency is considering its options and is intending to revise its contracts with the service provider.

    To read the article titled, “Now we can clip the wings of CPS – SASSA,” click here.

    Source: 
    IOL News
  • Weaker APRM Bad for Governance

    The African Peer Review Mechanism (ARPM) - set up by former President Thabo Mbeki to tackle the continent's problems - is a shambles.

    According to a report by former mechanism chairman Akere Muna, the institution lacks backing by African leaders and is being ‘driven into the ground’ by its chief executive officer and its secretariat that can barely function.

    The mechanism has in the past served as a reliable indicator of emerging troubles on the continent.

    In South Africa, an ARPM report alerted the government to tensions between locals and foreigners that culminated in 2008's wave of xenophobic violence.

    To read the article titled, ‘Mbeki brainchild 'now a shambles'’, click here.

    Source: 
    Times Live
  • SACC Calls for Resignations Over Nkandla

    The South African Council of Churches (SACC) has responded to the Public Protector's report by saying those implicated should consider stepping down.

    In a press statement, the SACC points out that, "For the future of the nation and the sustainability of our fledgling democracy, we urge those implicated in the report to consider stepping down."
     
    The organisation also says that the report on Nkandla "should be interrogated, not on the timing of its release, but the merits of the contents therein and the implications for the country."

    To read the article titled, “Those implicated by Nkandla report should resign: SACC,” click here.

    Source: 
    Times Live
  • SABC Board Backs Motsoeneng

    The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) chairperson, Ellen Zandile Tshabalala, has laughed off public protector, Thuli Madonsela's findings of irregularities in acting chief operating officer, Hlaudi Motsoeneng's salary.
     
    Tshabalala states that Hlaudi is diligent and very capable, the members of the board are right behind him.
     
    A group of opposition parties is laying criminal charges against Motsoeneng following a damning report, titled ‘When Governance and Ethics Fail,’ released by Madonsela on 17 February 2014.
     
    To read the article titled, “SABC chief: Nevermind Thuli, long may Hlaudi reign,” click here.

    Source: 
    Mail and Guardian
  • IPO Calls for Intervention at SABC

    The Independent Producers Organisation (IPO) has called for an urgent intervention at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) following a damning report by Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela.
     
    The IPO appeals to all institutions designed to provide oversight - Parliament, the shareholder in the department of communications, and Independent Communications Authority of South Africa - to exercise their mandate and to intervene urgently.
     
    The organisation, which represents the majority of South Africa's working producers, says it is concerned and distressed by the continuing instability at the SABC.
     
    To read the article titled, “Urgent intervention needed at SABC: IPO,” click here.

    Source: 
    Times Live
  • Civil Society Calls for Accountability

    Zimbabwean civil society groups have expressed their unrelenting disapproval of the breakdown of public accountability and called on the government to urgently set up a commission of enquiry into corporate corruption.
     
    In a joint statement, 66 civil society groups states that the commission should investigate 'obscene salaries' and other underhand dealings in the local government and public sector.
     
    The groups also called on the country’s President, Robert Mugabe, to break his silence on corruption, in which his aides and close allies have been named.
     
    To read the article titled, “Civil society call for commission of enquiry Into corporate corruption,” click here.

    Source: 
    All Africa
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