corruption

Nkandla Damaged Govt Credibility

Corruption Watch says a finding that President Jacob Zuma unduly benefited from upgrades to his Nkandla residence has damaged the government's credibility.

Corruption Watch executive director, David Lewis, warns that the Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, report on her probe into the matter has ‘severe’ implications.

NGOs Call for Banda to Resign

Malawi President, Joyce Banda, face calls to resign, after an audit revealed at least US$30 million dollars of state funds had been stolen by corrupt officials.

Barely three months before she asks voters to elect her for a second term, Banda faces calls from non-governmental groups to take responsibility for almost industrial-scale corruption on her watch.

A much-awaited report by British auditors - commissioned by Banda - showed that US$30 million was stolen in six months from April to September in 2013, her second year in office.

Intern Defrauds NGO Over R2.6m

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has obtained a final court order to freeze the bank accounts and assets of a former financial assistant who allegedly defrauded it with over R2.6 million.

The money Sinovuyo Ziyanda Mjali allegedly stole was intended for use in the organisation’s medical humanitarian work among migrants.

The North Gauteng High Court granted a final order freezing the bank accounts and assets of Mjali, pending the finalisation of a sequestration application against her.

Civil Society Calls for Accountability

Zimbabwean civil society groups have expressed their unrelenting disapproval of the breakdown of public accountability and called on the government to urgently set up a commission of enquiry into corporate corruption.
 
In a joint statement, 66 civil society groups states that the commission should investigate 'obscene salaries' and other underhand dealings in the local government and public sector.
 
The groups also called on the country’s President, Robert Mugabe, to break his silence on corruption, in which his aides and close allies have been named.
 

Court Asked to Nullify SASSA Tender

The Constitutional Court has been asked to set aside the awarding of a R10 billion social grants tender to Cash Paymaster Services (CPS) and order the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) to re-advertise the tender afresh.

In a unanimous judgment in November 2013, the Constitutional Court found the tender awarded to CPS to be invalid, on the grounds that it was procedurally unfair.

Gauteng Among the Highest Corrupt Provinces

Corruption Watch's executive director, David Lewis, believes that this is a cause for concern, furthermore while other reports stem from other parts of the country, Gauteng is perhaps deemed as most corrupt as a lot of public servants report to the province.

He further adds that, while South Africa’s corruption profile has dropped in the international index, South Africans themselves hold the perception that corruption in the country is deteriorating and this calls for a great incentive to combat it.

Malawi Under Pressure From Aid Donors

President of Malawi, Joyce Banda, is under pressure from foreign aid donors and is facing a tough re-election battle.

Banda has promised forensic audit of suspected government corruption over the last decade.

She says the audit, which is backed by Britain and the European Union, will help reveal the extent of corruption in the impoverished southern African state.

Bribery Remains Prevalent in Africa - Afrobarometer

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.

Govt Urged to Prosecute Suspects

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.

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