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.

  • Nov. 30 2016
  • Nosimilo Ramela

State of Capture Report lays foundation for further investigation, says Corruption Watch

Corruption Watch, in its response to the public protector’s State of Capture Report, highlights the critical importance of the report in ensuring that a few, favoured individuals do not continue to abuse state resources and power.

The Women of Corruption Watch: Fierce and feisty, meet our investigations officer Zanele Mwale

We continue to celebrate the women of Corruption Watch (CW). Meet the ladies who wake up every day and help fight corruption one task at a time.

Zanele Mwale is the investigations officer at CW. She is tasked with digging deep into the reports that come to us. For her this job is not a responsibility but rather a dream come true because helping people is her number one pursuit in life. 

The Women of Corruption Watch: The glue that holds us together, meet our office coordinator Elizabeth Phalafala

We continue to celebrate the women of Corruption Watch (CW). Meet the ladies who wake up every day and help fight corruption one task at a time.

Meet our office coordinator and fashionista extraordinaire - Elizabeth "Lizzy" Phalafala is the glue that holds CW together. She is passionate about young women's development and uplifting the youth. When she's not at the office making sure everything runs smoothly she spends her time working with the youth of her community in Mamelodi.

The Women of Corruption Watch: Passionate and patient, meet our stakeholder management coordinator Sibongile Mtshali

It's still Women's Month and we are celebrating the women of Corruption Watch (CW). Meet the ladies who wake up every day and help fight corruption one task at a time.

Sibongile Mtshali is the face people see when they come to report cases of corruption at the CW offices. She is the hand that holds the frustrated and brave whistleblowers that walk through our doors with documents and details of corruption in their communities, organisations and other areas of our society. Armed with a patient ear and a calm nature, this corruption fighter leaves no stone unturned in her quest to help our reporters. 

Calling all Southern African land activists and anti-corruption warriors!

Think you've got what it takes to join our ChangemakerXchange in October 2016? Read on.

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