When I went to Bekkersdal in December last year (2013) - to visit the assaulted community and to understand what was driving the slew of violent protests - I came to a realisation. South Africa is burning while our politicians’ navel gaze in self-admiration.
More than once during the course of his address last night, President Jacob Zuma used the word ‘report’ to describe what he was doing. It was, in effect, a synopsis of the government’s efforts over the last five years, with a number of references to the longer period since 1994. Inevitably, it highlighted the successes and achievements, with only the slightest nod to the failures, along the lines of ‘there is still more to be done’. As the leader of the Inkatha Freedom Party, Mangosuthu Buthelezi, said afterwards, it was an election speech.
The Corruption Watch 2014 Report found that the majority of the people who report corruption to the organisation are African men, aged between 30 and 59, and mainly employed in public service.
The report profiles the landscape of corruption in South Africa based on the information provided to Corruption Watch by members of the public and gathered via a survey of a 10 percent sample of the people who have contacted the organisation in 2013.
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’.
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).
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.
Beware of Greeks bearing gifts! Beware of city slickers from Gauteng offering joint ventures in deep rural settings! Beware government imposters running pseudo non-governmental organisations (NGOs)!
Former African National Congress (ANC) treasure-general, Matthews Phosa, says it is time for government to shape the country's future decisively and stop blaming the past.
Speaking at the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation conference in Johannesburg, Phosa pointed out that, "We are... a government, and placing the blame on the past, apartheid, race, and other external factors does not wash anymore…”
He argued that if the ANC wants to avoid being consigned to the dustbin of history, it must be demonstrably more decisive and more transparent.
The Institute for Security Studies has welcomed the national police commissioner, Riah Phiyega's, strategy to turn the police around with reservations.
Phiyega announced her strategy at the Soshanguve campus of the Tshwane University of Technology. She emphasised integrity and discipline as the building blocks of the new police service.
“The total drain of corruption on South Africa’s economy is estimated in the hundreds of billions of rands per year or 10 percent to 25 percent of gross domestic products (GDP). Auditor-general reports of unauthorised, irregular, and fruitless / wasteful spending found roughly R15-billion in 2009 and R26-billion misspent today.” - As stated by a December 2011 paper, ‘The Cost of Public Corruption in Democratic South Africa’, by the Money and Politics Project of the Open Society Foundation (MAPP) for South Africa.