Scores of small scale farmers in Jozini, northern KwaZulu-Natal, are at risk of losing their farms.
According to the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s Ayanda Mhlongo, more than 20 farmers have already lost their farms due to alleged corruption and mismanagement by Mjindi - a government appointed management entity.
Mhlongo says the farmers claim to have lease agreements on the land, adding that other farmers also allege government promised them farming implements, withheld by Mjindi, resulting in dying crops.
To read the article titled, “Small scale farmers risk losing farms in KZN,” click here.Source:SABC News
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
Traditional leaders in Zambia call for collective efforts in the fight against corruption and gender-based violence (GBV).
The traditional leaders vow not to tolerate people intending to acquire pieces of land in their chiefdoms through corrupt practices, with chief Siachitema of Kalomo District describing corruption is a stumbling block in fostering national development.
Speaking at a workshop on the dissemination of the national anti-corruption policy for traditional leaders organised by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), Siachitema warned that people acquiring land corruptly should not be condoned.
To read the article titled, “Chiefs unite against graft, GBV,” click here.Source:Times of Zambia
South Africa has signed an anti-poaching agreement with Mozambique, a major transit route for rhino horn trafficked to Asia.
So far this year a total 293 rhino have been killed in South Africa with nearly half of the attacks in the Kruger Park, despite the deployment of troops to protect them.
Environmental Affairs minister, Edna Molewa, says the agreement “entails us working together with Mozambique to eradicate rhino poaching… so that Mozambique is not used as a transit country.”
To read the article titled, “SA, Mozambique deal to fight rhino poaching,” click here.Source:The Citizen
The Department of Social Development says the names of bogus grant beneficiaries will be handed over to the fraud unit of the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA).
In a written reply to a parliamentary question, Social Development Minister, Bathabile Dlamini, said this will happen after the department has completed the overhauling of its social grant database.
Dlamini confirmed what Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, assenting the National Budget 2014/15 that more than a million ‘invalid beneficiaries’ have been removed from the grant system.
To read the article titled, “SASSA to tackle grant fraudsters,” click here.Source:Sowetan Live
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says that Malawi has made progress after a massive government corruption scandal last year, but urged action to bring soaring prices under control.
Malawi adopted an action plan to bust graft in the wake of massive fraud last year that prompted Western donors to freeze US$150 million in aid.
The country is heavily dependent on donors, who bankroll up to 40 percent of its national budget.
To read the article titled, “Malawi ‘making progress’ after graft scandal,” click here.Source:IOL News
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
Former President, Thabo Mbeki, has warned that the illicit flow of money out of Africa is at least double what the continent receives from development assistance, according to conservative estimates.
Mbeki, who is heading the High-level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows from Africa, created by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and the African Union, blames the large corporations for most of the losses, although government theft does play some role.
“It's true that the majority on the continent is poor. But it's also true that the continent is losing a lot of its own resources, domestic resources, which - because they leave the continent - perpetrates that poverty,” he explains.
To read the article titled, “Stolen funds dwarf development aid - Mbeki,” click here.Source:All Africa
Corruption Watch says a finding that President Jacob Zuma unduly benefited from upgrades to his Nkandla residence has damaged the government's credibility.
Corruption Watch executive director, David Lewis, warns that the Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, report on her probe into the matter has ‘severe’ implications.
Lewis is of the view that, "The massive increase in the costs of the upgrade from R27 million to in excess of R200 million, coupled with the president’s failure to take steps to prevent or even query clearly escalating costs reveal that he placed personal and family interests above those of the public."
To read the article titled, “Nkandla report damaged govt credibility – NGO,” click here.Source:News 24
Malawi President, Joyce Banda, face calls to resign, after an audit revealed at least US$30 million dollars of state funds had been stolen by corrupt officials.
Barely three months before she asks voters to elect her for a second term, Banda faces calls from non-governmental groups to take responsibility for almost industrial-scale corruption on her watch.
A much-awaited report by British auditors - commissioned by Banda - showed that US$30 million was stolen in six months from April to September in 2013, her second year in office.
To read the article titled, “NGOs want Malawi's Banda to resign after US$30 million corruption scandal,” click here.Source:Times Live