Corruption Watch: Analyst

Corruption Watch (CW) is a nonprofit, civil society organisation. CW receives reports of corruption from the public. The organisation investigates certain reports, exposes corruption through its communications’ platforms and mobilises the public to take a stand against corruption and the abuse of public funds.

CW seeks to appoint an Analyst, based in Johannesburg.

How the Seriti Commission is Failing

The Arms Deal, which saw South Africa spend up to R70 billion on military equipment in the late 1990s and early 2000s, has faced numerous accusations of corruption and accusations that go right up to the President himself. Facing legal threats in late 2011, President Jacob Zuma set up the Seriti Commission to investigate these allegations.

NGO Criticises SA Over Corruption

Corruption Watch says the biggest problem is not in the content of the law in South Africa, but the country’s inadequate enforcement owing to a lack of political will and suitably skilled law enforcement personnel.

The organisation states that top of its priorities for the new administration is a renewed determination and assault on corruption in all its guises.

It emphasises the need to spend more energy and money fighting corruption, stating the need for proper implementation of the financial disclosures framework for public officials, among others.

SA Elections: A Test of South Africans' Views on Corruption

In the wake of the Public Protector’s report on Nkandla, opposition parties have been doing all they can to make this an election issue and keep the tale of excess and waste of R250 million fresh in the minds of citizens.

Yet, the jury is out as to whether corruption really was an election issue, and whether citizens had been sufficiently angered by the expenditure on Nkandla to shift their voting preferences.

Annan Calls on Africa to Cut Inequality

Former United Nations secretary-general, Kofi Annan, urges African governments to work harder to reduce inequality that has prevented the benefits of a decade of economic growth from being spread equitably.

The plunder by foreign investors and corrupt officials of the continent's fishing and timber resources is a clear example of the failure to harness natural resources for the common good, according to the annual Africa Progress Report.

Slow Progress in Tackling Poverty

Statistician-general, Pali Lehohla, says that though four million fewer people experienced poverty in 2011 compared with 2006, poverty remained high and inequality ‘stubbornly’ stagnant.

Despite a general decrease in poverty, the people of Nkandla municipality in KwaZulu-Natal - where the government spent R246 million to upgrade President Jacob Zuma's homestead - continue to live in extreme deprivation.

Elections and Leadership Changes: How Do Political Leaders Take (and Leave) Power in Africa?

In the 2012 Senegalese election, opposition leader Macky Sall defeated incumbent president Abdoulaye Wade and duly replaced him as the country’s new head of state. In that same year, vice-president Joyce Banda was swiftly sworn in as president of Malawi following the death of her predecessor, Bingu wa Mutharika, only two days earlier. In Mali, President Amadou Toumani Touré was ousted from power also in 2012, but this time via a coup d’état led by Captain Amadou Sanogo.

Foreign Donors Maintain Malawi Aid Freeze

Foreign donors maintain a freeze on a US$150 million aid package imposed on Malawi in the wake of a high-level corruption scandal in 2013.
European Union mission’s chief to Malawi, Alexander Baum, states that, donors from Africa, Europe and various international organisations met to review their earlier decision and agreed that, "challenges in public finance management continue to be serious.”

Thuli Madonsela: A Triumph for Constitutional Democracy

On 19 March 2014, all Africans had a reason to be proud of the brave and principled leadership that exists on this continent in the form of South African Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela. In a sober and considered manner, she read out the findings of the long-awaited Nkandla report - her investigations into the ‘unconscionable’ amount of R246 million of taxpayers’ money spent on upgrades to President Jacob Zuma’s private residence to no public benefit.

What Tlakula's Alleged Conflict of Interest Means for the IEC and the Elections

We find ourselves between a rock and a hard place. Last year, Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, found that the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) chairperson, Pansy Tlakula, had presided over an ‘unmanaged conflict of interest’ when the IEC entered into a R320 million lease agreement for office space.


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