Electronic payments company Net1 UEPS Technologies has more time to continue carrying out a social grant tender amid a Constitutional Court decision to suspend a bidding deadline.
In April last year, the Constitutional Court ordered that the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) re-issue the country’s R10 billion grant tender, which was awarded to Net1 division Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) in 2012.
The Constitutional Court’s Justice, Johan Froneman, criticised SASSA for its ‘irregular’ conduct regarding the Net1 deal. The latter has previously faced allegations of bribing officials to win the contract and was also criticised for selling products such as prepaid airtime and loans to social grant recipients.
To read the article titled, “Social grant tender deadline suspended,” click here.Source:Fin 24
The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) says South Africa has lost R700 billion to corruption over the last 20 years.
Speaking at the launch of the Anti-Intimidation and Ethical Practices Forum in Johannesburg, IIA chief executive officer, Claudelle von Eck, points out that people who tried to report corruption are often muzzled.
Von Eck maintains that, "As professionals we have a responsibility, an understanding that our responsibility does not begin and end just at our desk and just at our jobs. We've got to carry South Africa."
To read the article titled, “R700 billion lost to corruption in 20 years,” click here.Source:SABC News
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.
To read the article titled, “Helen Suzman Foundation welcomes Dramat judgement,” click here.Source:Mail and Guardian
Corruption Watch, a civil society organisation that gathers, analyses and shares information on corruption in South Africa, says that people take it for granted that corruption is happening on all levels.
The organisation argues that that blatant demands for bribes in exchange for tenders are commonplace in Limpopo and Mpumalanga.
If further states that people are unable to get a tender since government certain officials demand 10 percent, while others increasingly believe that the only way to get work is to bite the bullet and pay someone for it.
To read the article titled, “How officials are milking the state,” click here.Source:Mail and Guardian
Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, has accused some people in society of allegedly targeting her office and interfering with her powers, as protected by the South Africa Constitution.
Addressing about 4 000 students and local community members at the University of Limpopo's Turfloop campus in Mankweng, Madonsela said out of several other Chapter Nine institutions in the country, her office is the only one which people are quick to interfere with, regardless of the constitution which protects it.
Madonsela, who was delivering a public lecture on ethics, governance of public office bearers and politicians, says everyone including politicians should be held accountable to promote justice and freedom for all.
To read the article titled, “Public Protector lashes out at her 'detractors',” click here.Source:SABC News
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