SASSA Warned Ahead of Elections

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.

Corruption Hinders MDGs - CIVICUS

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.

Govt Uncovers Grant Scam

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.

Hlophe, Mdluli Cases Highlight Trend of Cover-Ups - FUL

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.

You Can Shape the Way We Bring Transparency to Public Sector Contracting

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.

Former Teacher Stabs Principal

Principal Nothemba Lebepe was doing her routine praying ritual in her car when a former teacher allegedly smashed the window of her car with a hammer and stabbed her several times.

This was about six hours after the teacher, 42, had allegedly sent Lebepe, 52, an SMS threatening to put her in a wheelchair for the rest of her life.
The teacher was expelled last year for having fake qualifications.

Gauteng education department spokesman Oupa Bodibe confirmed the teacher was expelled in 2015 for fraudulent qualifications.

“State of Capture” A Report of the Public Protector 14 October 2016

“One of the crucial elements of our constitutional vision is to make a decisivebreak from the unchecked abuse of State power and resources that was virtually institutionalised during the apartheid era. To achieve this goal‚ weadopted accountability‚ the rule of law and the supremacy of the Constitution as values of our constitutional democracy. For this reason‚ public office-bearers ignore their constitutional obligations at their peril.

China Helps Kenya with Stolen Assets

China has pledged to help Kenya recover and repatriate stolen assets as part of the fight against high level corruption.

Wang Lingjun, vice-minister of the Chinese Ministry of Supervision, said that the country would support the Kenyan government in the areas of asset recovery and repatriation of illicit proceeds.

He said that China would share its experience in anti-corruption and provide an opportunity for Kenya to understand the various challenges involved in fighting corruption.

ANC's Era of Dominance is Lost – Lewis

The Corruption Watch says efforts to help the African National Congress (ANC) regain its former glory will not succeed.
Speaking at a conference organised by the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Leadership‚ Corruption Watch executive director, David Lewis, said history shows that the former liberation movement enjoyed 65 percent majority support only in the first elections‚ which ushered in the democratic era.

Africans Do Not Trust Their Political Leaders

Graft is so widespread on the continent and in this country it robs the poorest of the poor of services.
It comes as no surprise that nearly 70 percent of Africans believe political party leaders are more concerned with pursuing their own political ambitions than with representing the people’s interests.
In a survey across 36 African countries by Afrobarometer, fewer than half of the survey participants said they trusted their MPs (48 percent) and local councillors (46 percent).


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