• e-Tolls a Burden to the Poor - Makhura

    Gauteng Premier, David Makhura, says that the e-tolling system placed a disproportionate burden on low and middle income households.

    Announcing the findings and recommendations following a report by a panel which reviewed the socio-economic impact of the e-tolls last year, Makhura stated that, "In its current form, the e-toll system is unaffordable and inequitable and places disproportionate burden on low and middle income households."

    He further states that the e-toll is also ‘administratively too cumbersome’, adding that, "The main recommendation of the panel is that elements of the current e-toll system must be reviewed to address the questions of affordability, equity, fairness, administrative simplicity and sustainability."

    To read the article titled, “’Cumbersome’ E-tolls place burden on the poor, says Makhura,” click here.

    Times Live
  • HSF Fights for Full Access to JSC Deliberations

    Given the core role of the judiciary, the Helen Suzman Foundation wants to know exactly how appointments to the Bench are decided.

    The battle for access to closed-door deliberations over the selection of candidates for the Western Cape Bench continues on 29 October 2014 in the Cape Town high court.

    The Helen Suzman Foundation returned to court to ask for the right to appeal a judgment refusing it access.

    To read the article titled, “Helen Suzman Foundation: Battle goes on for access to full JSC deliberations,” click here.

    Mail and Guardian
  • Aid Workers Chased Away from Church

    Humanitarian organisation, Gift of the Givers, says its aid workers were chased away from the scene of a collapsed building in Lagos, Nigeria, and threatened with arrest if they come near the site where a church building collapsed, killing dozens of people including South Africans.

    Gift of the Givers founder, Imtiaz Sooliman, asserts that, “They [aid workers] tried to go to the church, but they were chased away. The authorities there did not want them to take any information or come near.”

    The two representatives from the organisation argue that it had been difficult to get information as there was no cooperation.

    To read the article titled, “Gift of the Givers chased away from church,” click here.

    IOL News
  • Activist Tackles Abusive Shell Companies

    Charmian Gooch, a co-founder of Global Witness, a group that advocates for financial transparency, is rewriting rules from Washington to Brussels - and changing the way companies do business.

    On 31 October 2013, United Kingdom Prime Minister, David Cameron, took the stage at the Open Government Partnership conference in London and announced a that he was going to introduce legislation requiring all companies based in Britain to disclose who their ultimate owners are in a publicly accessible registry.

    According to the World Bank, more than US$1 trillion is lost to bribery and state looting annually, and according to Mo Ibrahim, whose Mo Ibrahim Foundation has created organisation created the Ibrahim Index of African Governance, “…this is something that needs to be addressed urgently…”

    To read the article titled, “Corruption fighter Gooch tackles abusive Shell companies,” click here.

    Bloomberg News
  • R2K Files Urgent Application Over Tolls

    The Right2Know (R2K) says it has filed an urgent application to open up the court record on tolling in the Western Cape which South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) wants kept closed.

    R2K spokesperson, Alison Tilley, told the Cape Town Press Club that the organisation wants to make documents public that had been filed from the moment the city of Cape Town took SANRAL to court over the N1/N2 Winelands Toll Highway Project.

    SANRAL applied to the Western Cape High Court to prevent the city from filing its supplementary founding papers in an open court because of commercial confidentiality.

    To read an article titled, “R2K to file urgent application over tolls,” click here.

    SABC News
  • IEC Admits Mistakes During Elections

    The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has acknowledged mistakes during this year’s elections, but says like any other organisation in the world, the electoral body was not perfect.
    IEC deputy chairperson, Terry Tselane, points out that, “These elections were not perfect. No election is. In the next coming weeks we will be reflecting and looking at what went wrong.” 
    The IEC has come under enormous pressure from opposition parties, including the Economic Freedom Fighters and the Pan Africanist Congress, who accused the IEC of rigging elections in favour of the ruling African National Congress, particularly in Gauteng.
    To read the article titled, “Election wasn't perfect, but it was free and fair,” click here.

    Mail and Guardian
  • Weaker APRM Bad for Governance

    The African Peer Review Mechanism (ARPM) - set up by former President Thabo Mbeki to tackle the continent's problems - is a shambles.

    According to a report by former mechanism chairman Akere Muna, the institution lacks backing by African leaders and is being ‘driven into the ground’ by its chief executive officer and its secretariat that can barely function.

    The mechanism has in the past served as a reliable indicator of emerging troubles on the continent.

    In South Africa, an ARPM report alerted the government to tensions between locals and foreigners that culminated in 2008's wave of xenophobic violence.

    To read the article titled, ‘Mbeki brainchild 'now a shambles'’, click here.

    Times Live
  • Call for Transparency Over Party Funding

    The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) says that a toxic blend of secret money and political influence is creating a ceremonial undermining of South Africa’s democracy.

    ISS senior researcher, Judith February, argues that there is no way of know when the corporate and private world are investing in political parties for favours because the country does not regulate private funding of political parties. 

    She is of the view that, “We have no way of knowing when private or corporate interests try to buy political favours in South Africa,” further stating the need for a legislation to enable transparency and prevent the potentially corrupting influence of secret money on politics and government.”

    To read the article titled, ‘Dodgy donations’ undermine SA’s democracy,” click here.

    The Citizen
  • SACC Calls for Resignations Over Nkandla

    The South African Council of Churches (SACC) has responded to the Public Protector's report by saying those implicated should consider stepping down.

    In a press statement, the SACC points out that, "For the future of the nation and the sustainability of our fledgling democracy, we urge those implicated in the report to consider stepping down."
    The organisation also says that the report on Nkandla "should be interrogated, not on the timing of its release, but the merits of the contents therein and the implications for the country."

    To read the article titled, “Those implicated by Nkandla report should resign: SACC,” click here.

    Times Live
  • NGO Urges Mozambique to Probe Blackouts

    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.

    All Africa
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