One of the founding values of democratic South Africa is ‘the supremacy of the Constitution and the rule of law’. The World Justice Project defines ‘rule of law’ as ‘the process by which the laws [in a democracy] are enacted, administered, and enforced is accessible, fair, and efficient’. This means that the level of a country’s democracy is determined by its adherence to the basic principles in which all people – regardless of their economic or political status – are subject to equal legal rules.
The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) is calling for is calling for an independent inquiry into the financial management and auditing controls at the utility, following claims by Carte Blanche of “gross irregularities, overspending, maladministration and possible corruption” at Eskom’s Ingula Pumped Storage Scheme hydroelectric power station on the border of Free State and KwaZulu-Natal.
It irritates Valentin Zellweger that ‘no longer than six minutes into any James Bond movie, a sleazy Swiss banker still appears.’
He’s probably referring especially to Mr Lachaise, the nasty Swiss banker and financier of terrorists and crooks in ‘The World is Not Enough’. At one point Lachaise says to Bond, ‘I’m just trying to return the money to its rightful owner’. To which Bond replies: ‘And we know how hard that is for a Swiss banker’.
Reports say that South Africa’s Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, who took on President Jacob Zuma over the use of taxpayers' money to upgrade his home, will be awarded the prestigious prize for her commitment to fighting corruption.
As the public protector, Madonsela has worked tirelessly to protect the public from corruption and incompetence by government institutions and officials.
She will be awarded the German Africa Foundation's annual prize for exceptional contributions to promoting peace, democracy and human rights.
Recent media reports on the Seriti Commission’s report and the Constitutional Court judgement and the Public Protector’s report on Nkandla, to name but a few, reveal an unacceptable state of affairs where public finances have been grossly mismanaged. The good news is that civil society in South Africa has not been silent in watching these unprecedented events unfold. Corruption Watch, an anti-corruption organisation based in Johannesburg, has been at the forefront in the fight against corruption in the public sector.
According to Wyndham Hartley, it is not a foregone conclusion that the High Court in Pretoria will grant the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and President Jacob Zuma leave to appeal against its decision that the dropping of fraud and corruption charges against the president was irrational and, therefore, needed to be set aside.
Hartley says according the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC), a lobby group, following intense speculation that the NPA would seek to appeal against the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) decision.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.