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.

Madonsela Lashes Out at Critics

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.

Small-Scale Farmers Risk Losing Farms

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.

CASAC Criticises Zuma Over Nkandla

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.”


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