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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) says that that think tanks are there to research issues such as service delivery.
ISS executive director, Jakkie Cilliers, says the perception that think tanks are there to criticise the government is not true.
Cilliers, who is of the view that think tanks are there to hold the government accountable on behalf of civil society, adds that they have the responsibility to look at how African leaders can invest their countries’ income.
To read the article titled, “Think tanks to hold governments accountable: ISS,” click here.Source:SABC News
Zambian women rights activist, Emily Sikazwe, has urged police to investigate unscrupulous and thieving non-governmental organisation (NGOs) leaders and make them account for donor funds.
Sikazwe, who is former Women for Change executive director, says thieving NGO leaders should be prosecuted and sent to jail for stealing and abusing donor funds.
She who is of the view that Zambia has adequate laws to stamp out corrupt activities among NGOs, is also calling for the beefing up of the Registrar of Societies so that the institution will be able to trace the sources of funding for NGOs.
To read the article titled, “Investigate thieving NGO leaders – Sikazwe,” click here.Source:Zambia Daily Mail
The South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) admits to some glitches in the e-toll collection system.
Spokesperson of SANRAL, Vusi Mona, expressed to a local newspaper that there had been some 'genuine' complaints about the system.
“There are genuine customer complaints, there is no system that is foolproof and 100 percent correct,” states Mona.
To read the article titled, “SANRAL admits to e-toll glitches in collection system,” click here.Source:The Citizen