A Mozambican anti-corruption NGO, the Centre for Public Integrity (CIP), has called on the country’s attorney-general to order a forensic audit into the publicly owned electricity company, EDM.
The organisation wants the attorney-general to establish who or what was responsible for the prolonged power cuts that hit the central provinces of Manica and Sofala between 29 January and 10 February 2014.
In a press statement, the organisation says it believes that, “…because of the losses the blackout caused the country, the case deserves adequate treatment to explain what happened.”
To read the article titled, “Anti-corruption NGO wants investigation into EDM blackout,” click here.Source:All Africa
The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) has urged the South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) to be transparent on e-tag sales in light of the impression it is creating that motorists are ‘clamouring’ to be tagged.
OUTA spokesperson, John Clarke, points out that, “SANRAL’s number of 1.2 million e-tags 'taken up' is hogwash.”
In press statement, Clarke argues that, “What does 'taken up' mean? If they are inferring that these are fitted in cars making use of the Gauteng freeways, this is misinformation.”
To read the article titled, “SANRAL’s e-tag claims hogwash: OUTA,” click here.Source:IOL News
The Independent Producers Organisation (IPO) has called for an urgent intervention at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) following a damning report by Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela.
The IPO appeals to all institutions designed to provide oversight - Parliament, the shareholder in the department of communications, and Independent Communications Authority of South Africa - to exercise their mandate and to intervene urgently.
The organisation, which represents the majority of South Africa's working producers, says it is concerned and distressed by the continuing instability at the SABC.
To read the article titled, “Urgent intervention needed at SABC: IPO,” click here.Source:Times Live
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.
The court then asked the parties concerned, including the losing bidder, AllPay Consolidated Investment Holdings (Allpay), to return to court on 11 February 2014 with options for what the appropriate remedy should be.
To read the article titled, “ConCourt asked to 'turn its back' on unlawful grants tender,” click here.Source:Mail and Guardian
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.
To read the article titled, “Malawi promises forensic audit as donors freeze funds,” click here.Source:The Citizen
The SOS: Support Public Broadcasting Coalition (SOS) demand answers about the reason behind the resignation of the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) group chief executive officer, Lulama Mokhobo.
The SABC has issued a statement, indicating that the reasons for her departure are ‘personal and confidential’.
SOS coordinator, Sekoetlane Phamodi, states that the broadcaster has been allowed to run in crisis and constant instability for far too long, with a high turnover in executive staff and board members in recent years.
To read the article titled, “SABC in hot water over group CEO's departure,” click here.Source:Times Live
The challenge by former Women for Change executive director, Emily Sikazwe, for the police to investigate leaders of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) accused of abusing donor money deserves serious attention.
Sikazwe made the call when she featured on one of the ZNBC TV interview programme, stating that, “We are cognisant of the fact that the NGOs play an important role in supplementing government efforts in the delivery of services to the people across the country.”
She states that currently, some of the NGOs have refused to register with the Ministry of Community Development, Mother and Child Health in accordance with the provisions of the Act.
“It is difficult to understand why the NGOs are not comfortable with the government knowing the sources of their funding.”
To read the article titled, “NGOs should be transparent, accountable,” click here.Source:Daily Mail
A petition has started to impeach President Jacob Zuma over his involvement in the Nkandla scandal.
The petition created by the Committee for the Impeachment of the President was put up on Change.org.
The leaked report on Nkandla, illustrates that the President lied to the Parliament and benefitted from over 200 million rand of the publics money.
To read the article titled, “Petition to impeach Zuma over Nkandla,” click here.Source:News 24
The South African National Editors' Forum (SANEF) has urged President Jacob Zuma not to sign the Protection of State Information Bill (Secrecy Bill) into law in its current form.
In a press statement, SANEF states that it is concerned with the “…provisions that allow for broad classification of information, including that which has nothing to do with security of the state,” as well as delegating authority to ambiguous state officials to classify information.
The organisation believes that the Bill criminalises the ownership and dissemination of classified state information, even if such information is in the public interest.
To read the article titled, “SANEF urges Zuma not to sign info bill,” click here.Source:IOL News
The FW De Klerk Foundation is footing the hefty legal bill of senior prosecutor, Glynnis Breytenbach, partly by way of multimillion-rand donations from billionaire businessman, Nathan Kirsh.
The Foundation’s executive director, Dave Steward, admits that Kirsh, “…a major donor, also to our litigation fund, which has paid the legal fees of Glynnis Breytenbach.”
Steward explains that from this donations, the organisation also funds other projects, adding that the main project is Breytenbech’s litigation.
To read article titled, “De Klerk funds Breytenbach,” click here.Source:IOL News