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Zim Improves on Corruption Perceptions Index

Zimbabwe has improved its position on the global Corruption Perceptions Index for the second year in a row, but there are concerns that the country remains very low on the international scale.

In the 2010 index published by Transparency International (TI), Zimbabwe scored 2.4, up from 2.1 last year. The country is now ranked 134 this year, up from position 146.

The organisation is of the view that the country’s leadership should integrate anti-corruption measures in all sectors in order to improve its global standings.

BSDP Slam Councillors Over RDP Houses

The Bolobedu Society for Disabled People (BSDP) is angry with the Greater Tzaneen Municipality councillors who allegedly overlooked them in the allocation of RDP houses and pit toilets.

BSDP chairperson, David Malatji, says they recommend that the four councillors be relieved of their duties before the local government elections next year.

Malatji says the BSDP has a record of people who have been allocated houses ‘just because they are close toward councillors’.

Corruption Threatens MDGs, Says TI

Transparency International (TI) says that the failure by governments to address corruption is threatening the fulfilment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

It however called on governments, donors and NGOs to adopt anti-corruption measures in all their MDG action plans to reach the goals in the next five years and sustain progress beyond the 2015 timeline.

March Against Corruption in Housing Delivery

The Philippi People's Forum brought the streets of Gugulethu, Cape Town, to a standstill with a march against corruption in housing delivery.

The march has seen more than 1 000 residents of Philippi's informal settlements chanting ‘enough is enough’, ‘phantsi ngetyotyombe’, ‘phezulu ngezindlu’, ‘houses first, corruption last’ as they marched on the Fezeka municipal offices in Gugulethu.

Backers of Media Bill Had ‘Hands in the Till’

Govin Reddy, former South African Broadcasting Corporation radio head, says some of the greatest proponents of the controversial Protection of Information Bill had been caught with their ‘hands in the till’.

Speaking at a BBC-led debate on media freedom in South Africa, the Protection of Information Bill and the proposed Media Appeals Tribunal, Reddy says the country started with an aggressive, active media in 1994 and it’s been downhill ever since.

Municipality Fails to Account for Missing Funds

Gauteng's Kungwini municipality, one of 46 local authorities under investigation across the country, is failing to account for what it did with R147 million.

And, in a hard-hitting report, the Auditor-General has also revealed that municipal officials in Bronkhorstspruit, northeast of Pretoria, could not say how R90 million came to be spent on ‘unauthorised’ payments.

Politicians Stole Billions Since Independence

Nigeria has lost more than US$300 billion to corrupt leaders since independence in 1960. This is according to that country’s chairperson of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Commission (ICPC), Justice Emmanuel Ayoola.

Ayoola, who spoke at a sensitisation lecture on corruption at the Federal College of Forestry, Jos, said the amount could have made lives ‘much better’ for ordinary Nigerians.

KZN Social Development Department Defrauded

Senior government officials have defrauded the KwaZulu-Natal department of social development of more than R40 million, according to a forensic investigation.

MEC for finance, Ina Cronje, and of social development, Meshack Radebe, says the culprits have pocketed large sums of money for ‘projects, some of which never existed’.

At least 179 people in Durban, Pietermaritzburg, the Midlands and Ulundi would face criminal and civil charges.

Dlamini-Zuma Slams Corruption in Home Affairs

Corruption within the home affairs department has rendered South African identity documents suspect internationally. This is according to Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

“We can no longer be sure whether the person in possession of a South African passport is 100 percent South African,” Dlamini-Zuma says.

She says regardless of the new security features in the new passports, some countries still demand visas because a South African passport is not secure enough.

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