According to a report by Afrobarometer, nearly one-third of Africans in 34 countries have been forced to pay bribes, including for medical treatment.
The Afrobarometer report also found it was often the poorest citizens in each country who bore the brunt of efforts to shake down people for money at health clinics and hospitals.
Head of the Afrobarometer project in French-speaking Africa, Richard Houessou, declares medical treatment as the second most common reason cited after paying off officials to obtain a document or permit.
To read the article titled, “Afrobarometer: Bribery still rife in Africa,” click here.Source:Mail and Guardian
Civil society organisations (CSOs) operating under the Grand Coalition are proposing a march to the Malawi State House to exert pressure on President Joyce Banda to resign and pave the way for an interim government if the State fails to conduct a fast-track trial on suspects involved in the looting of public resource - ‘the cash gate scam’.
The organisations want government to investigate and prosecute suspects involved in the con between July and September 2013 by end of this month.
Chairperson of the Council for Non-Governmental Organisations, Voice Mhone, says activists along with 13 CSOs plan to initiate a ‘Black Monday’ where Malawians dress in black every Monday to symbolise the death of the public purse after being looted by thieves.
To read the article titled, “National Malawi CSOs proposes occupy State House, Black Monday protests over cash-gate,” click here.Source:Nyasa Times
The National Anti-Corruption Forum has urged the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) to be vigilant as the 2014 elections draw closer.
The forum says some politicians are beginning to interfere with the agency's work in a desperate attempt to push their parties' agendas.
The latest SASSA annual report has revealed that over 7 700 fraud and corruption cases were registered with the agency in the past year.
To read the article titled, “SASSA warned to be vigilant ahead of 2014 elections,” click here.Source:SABC News
CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation has warned that Africa will not be able to realise the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) because of corruption.
CIVICUS head of policy and research, Mandeep Tiwana, points out that the MDGs are eight time-bound goals which provide concrete, numerical benchmarks for tackling extreme poverty in its many dimensions.
Tiwana states that these includes targets on income poverty, hunger, maternal and child mortality, disease, inadequate shelter, gender inequality, environmental degradation and the Global Partnership for Development.
He further says inequalities are not an African problem but it is a global problem, adding that these are some of the serious issues our leaders need to address.
To read article titled, “Corruption seen as hindrance to MDGs in Africa,” click here.Source:SABC News
Legal action is being considered against Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) over an alleged scam, declared Social Development Minister, Bathabile Dlamini.
Dlamini states that, "We are going to meet the lawyers and see what other possible means we can use to ensure that we move forward."
CPS was allegedly deducting money from grant beneficiaries illegally. The legal action included possibly terminating the multi-billion rand grants distribution contract.
To read article titled, “Grants scam uncovered: Dlamini,” click here.Source:News 24
Freedom Under Law (FUL) says the cases of former crime intelligence head General Richard Mdluli and Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe, though unrelated, have highlighted what it calls “a disturbing trend of cover ups”.
FUL's former Constitutional Court Judge, Johan Kriegler, says both cases relate to very senior people in very responsible positions being involved in allegations of very serious misconduct.
“Those charges are then withdrawn against them for reasons that appear to an outsider just weird, inexplicable. We in FUL said these look odd. This cannot be right. We are entitled to know what happened.” - FUL.
To read the article titled ‘Hlophe, Mdluli cases highlight trend of cover-ups: FUL’, click here.Source:SABC News
Corruption and inefficiency in government contracting will probably always be with us. But by introducing greater transparency in the the contracting process, we can dramatically reduce this burden. This idea is at the heart of Open Contracting, a movement to advocate for publishing of government contracts.
The World Bank Institute is stewarding a growing network of civil society, business and government leaders working to promote Open Contracting. In order to ensure that the network is as smart and effective as it can possibly be, we are "opening up" Open Contracting by inviting wide participation to map out a success vision, and to set key performance indicators.
You are invited to be part of this innovative effort to crowdsource the development of the Open Contracting movement by answering 10 microsurveys over the next 10 weeks that will be administered by Keystone Accountability.
Each microsurvey will take you less than one minute to answer.
WBI will share the findings from the surveys in a report in early November 2012.
You can register your interest by following this link - www.keystoneaccountability.org/node/473.
Please also share this invitation with others who may be interested.
Critics say the Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) conveys an 'elite bias' and does not show evidence of actual corruption.
For nearly 20 years, Transparency International has scored and ranked countries according to how corrupt their public sectors are perceived to be.
Drawing on 13 data sources, and based on the perceptions of businesspeople and country experts, the 2013 CPI gives 177 countries a score from zero to 100, where zero is a perception that the country's public sector is "highly corrupt" and 100 is ‘very clean’.
To read the article titled, “Is Transparency International's measure of corruption still valid?,” click here.Source:The Guardian
The Constitutional Court ruled the awarding of the multibillion rand social grants administration contract to Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) is invalid.
AllPay Consolidated Investment Holdings took the matter to the country's highest court after it lost the tender due to alleged irregularities to CPS.
The tender, worth 10 billion rand, for the administration of social grants, was awarded by the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA).
To read the article titled, “Social grant tender invalid - ConCourt,” click hereSource:News 24
Former Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Frene Ginwala, has called on South Africa to bring back the values that won the country world recognition in 1994.
Speaking at the 7th Chief Albert Luthuli Memorial Lecture at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Ginwala bemoaned the rampant killing of children in the country, and questioned why people raped.
She warned that unless corruption is addressed, the country will drift in the direction where the poor will continue to get poorer while the wealthy get wealthier.
To read the article titled, “SA has lost the '94 values: Ginwala,” click here.Source:SABC News