transparency

The NPA Crisis that Should Never Have Happened

Barely a year into his tenure as South Africa’s National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP), Mxolisi Nxasana is embroiled in a highly public scandal.

Early media reports stated that shortly before new cabinet ministers were appointed, the former justice minister, Jeff Radebe, had asked him to resign because he failed to reveal that he had previously been charged and acquitted of murder.

Commission on Ice Following NGO Campaign

The Seriti Commission of Inquiry into the arms deal has been postponed to 21 October 2013, following the Right2Know (R2K) campaign’s call for a fully transparent process at the commission to expose alleged corruption and abuses of power linked to the arms deal.

R2K states that it was concerned by reports of attempts by the Seriti Commission to limit the public's right to know.

More Time Required to Fix Secrecy Bill

The Right2Know Campaign (R2K) says that Parliament's plans to review the Protection of State Information Bill (Secrecy Bill) in two days makes a mockery of its duty to correct the contentious draft law.
 
The lobby group says that President Jacob Zuma had rightly referred the official Secrecy Bill back to the National Assembly on advice that it is unconstitutional, but that the problems are too severe to be fixed by the deadline.
 

NGO Calls for a Probe on SANParks

A non-governmental organisation (NGO) has asked the public protector to investigate South Africa National Parks (SANParks).

Aikona, an environmental NGO, has asked Thuli Madonsela's office to investigate the salaries of SANParks top management, their reasons for commercialising the Kruger National Park and alleged mismanagement at SANParks.

According to a report in the Beeld newspaper, says SANParks did not respond to its request for comment and that an advocate at the protector's office had already been assigned to the case.

Call for National Key Points to be Public

Following close to a year of campaigning to make the list of national key points public, the Right2Know Campaign (R2K) and the South Africa History Archive (SAHA) have served the police and defence ministers with court papers to gain access to a list of national key points.
 
The internal appeal against the decision to release the list was turned down, therefore R2K and SAHA believe they are left with no other choice but to go to court in order to obtain the list.
 

Democracy for Sale? The Need for Transparency in Political Party Funding

Transparency in political party funding, particularly from private sources, remains a divisive topic in South African politics. Recently, Dr Mamphela Ramphele, leader of the newly-formed Agang South Africa, made a bold move and revealed her personal wealth. Her intention was to demonstrate that, unlike many other politicians, she believes in transparency and accountability. While this may be a laudable initiative by her as an individual, she did not divulge who was funding her political party.

Zim’s Debt Clearance Plan Gets Thumbs-Up

The African Development Bank (AfDB) says the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) supervised economic reform is indicative of the significant improvement in Zimbabwe's cooperation on economic policies and its commitment to address its arrear problems.

The bank points out that the, "Implementation of the Staff Monitored Programme (SMP) should help establish a track record of sound policies and is an important stepping-stone towards arrears clearance and an IMF-supported debt relief programme."

AllPay Takes Tender Dispute to ConCourt

Losing bidder, AllPay, has turned to the Constitutional Court in yet another attempt to have the multibillion-rand social service grant tender process declared invalid.

AllPay lost the R10 billion tender for the payment of social security grants to Cash Paymaster Services.

The company is appealing the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) judgment passed in March this year, which found that the tender process followed by the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) in awarding the contract to Cash Paymaster Services was ‘valid and legal’.

Civil Society Landscape

‘Multiple sites of power are crucial to a democracy and a vibrant civil society provides just that. It is estimated that there are over 100 000 organisations that make up civil society. Some are membership-based and can therefore rightfully claim to represent their own communities. Others are established by individuals and groups who are passionate about a specific cause and they create a mechanism to work in that field. Although these organisations are not membership-based, they still have enormous value because they exist.’

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