SONA 2017: Corruption low on the agenda again

 

Expectations that President Jacob Zuma would not address corruption with any enthusiasm were not dashed – in his 2017 State of the Nation Address (SONA) he managed just two sentences on the topic.

“The fight against corruption continues,” Zuma said. “Within the National Prosecuting Authority, the Asset Forfeiture Unit completed 389 forfeiture cases to the value of R349-million. They obtained 326 freezing orders to the value of R779-million.

“A total of R13-million rand was recovered in cases where government officials were involved in corruption and other related offences in the past year.”

The Corruption Perception Index 2016

Not much has changed for South Africa in this year’s Corruption Perceptions Index, released on the 25th January 2017 by Transparency International (TI). Using surveys and questionnaires, the index ranks countries on a scale from 0 (perceived to be highly corrupt) to 100 (perceived to be very clean), in terms of their perceived levels of corruption.

With a 2016 ranking of 64 out of 176 countries and a score of 45 out of 100, compared to last year’s ranking of 61 out of 168 and score of 44 out of 100, the country has improved only marginally in terms of score, which is the real indicator of perceptions about corruption in the country. The rank is an indication of where a country stands in relation to others and it changes as the number of countries surveyed changes or as other countries improve or decline.

Urban land in Zimbabwe: where power, politics and corruption meet


By Mary Jane Ncube
Farai Shone Mutondoro and Manase Chiweshe

As political parties gear up for the 2018 national elections in Zimbabwe, urban land appears to be emerging as an important campaigning tool for ruling party Zanu PF. 

Land corruption eroding women’s rights in Ghana


In Ghana, land is an indispensable asset. It’s a source of livelihood and social identity, and men and women should have equal opportunities to benefit from it. But when entrenched patriarchy tips the power scales, and corruption reinforces cultural norms, the impact on women can be devastating.

Hands off our playground: securing land rights for Kenyan schools


It was December and the school grounds were empty. Students and staff of Langata Road Primary School in Nairobi were home for the holidays, enjoying the break from lessons during the hot, sticky days.

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