corruption

​CW Criticises Arms Deal Commission

Corruption Watch, a non-governmental organisation, says President Jacob Zuma’s release of the Arms Deal report prevents closure of this sordid chapter in the governance of large scale public procurement.

The organisation states that this is ‘hardly surprising’‚ the watchdog says‚ “given the thoroughly flawed and irregular proceedings of the commission over the last four years‚ this outcome is hardly surprising.”

ANC Stalwarts Concerned About the Future of SA

Three organisations representing the African National Congress stalwarts issued a powerful appeal to the ruling party to implement urgent ‘corrective’ actions against state capture and other threats to democracy.

Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom’s name – on behalf of the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation – is listed at the end of the letter that was sent to the National Executive Committee.

SA Schools 'Hotspots' for Corruption – CW

Since July 2015, Corruption Watch has received at least 1 000 reports of corruption across schools, making them the main graft hotspots in the country.
According to the organisation’s annual report released this week, “The corruption hotspots in 2015 are schools, which make up 16 percent of overall reports during the year, followed by traffic and licensing at 12 percent, immigration at six percent and housing and healthcare at five and three percent respectively.”

NGO Approaches Madonsela Over Hitachi

The Helen Suzman Foundation has asked Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, to probe Eskom, Chancellor House and the African National Congress (ANC) following the damning Hitachi revelations.
 
The request follows recent claims by the United States Securities Exchange Commission about the awarding of Eskom tenders to Hitachi Power Africa.
 
The Commission alleged that Hitachi sold a 25 percent interest to Chancellor House, the ANC’s investment arm, in order to land the lucrative contracts at Eskom’s Medupi and Kusile power stations.
 

Wandi Will Not Resign - Kalabata

Zambia’s Anti Corruption Commission chairperson, Justice Timothy Kabalata, has disclosed that the Board of Commissioners has concluded that there are no valid reasons for Commission director general, Rosewin Wandi, to step down.

Kabalata argues that the director-general is a professional of high integrity and the Board has very high regard and confidence in her leadership and management of the affairs of the Commission.

Social Grant Tender Deadline Suspended

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.

R700b Lost to Corruption – IIA

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."

Helen Suzman Foundation Welcomes Dramat Judgement

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.

Corruption Watch: How Officials Milk the State

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.

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