• Nov. 11 2014
  • Kavisha Pillay

Step on the corruption scale - By Abuti Rams

Say you were to step on the “corruption scale”, how much do you think you would weigh?Just like most people, I have a problem with corruption in its diverse forms. In recent years, most of our media reporting has exposed corruption on all levels of government (be it local, provincial or national). Every week we hear of protests and rumours of protests against inadequate service delivery, often the result of corruption in local government.

And while a number of municipalities and leaders may be under corruption watch, I have to ask, are we any different to them?

  • Nov. 2 2014
  • Kavisha Pillay

Thuli Madonsela: Corruption eats away at the soul of the nation - By Nicky Rehbock

Transparency International took the opportunity during her visit to Berlin to accept this year’s Integrity Award, to talk to South Africa’s top corruption fighter Thuli Madonsela about her role as Public Protector, her work and the legacy she hopes to leave behind.

My final plea - By Kavisha Pillay

Dear Mr President

I first wrote to you in 2012 asking you to take responsibility for your allegedly corrupt actions. Since then there’s been Guptagate, Public Protector spats, employment opportunities for your family, and Nkandlagate. You have operated with impunity, shifting the blame and avoiding responsibility.

  • Sep. 26 2014
  • Kavisha Pillay

G20 whistleblowing laws – are they hitting or missing the mark? A lesson from Australia. By A.J Brown

Legal protection for whistleblowers living in the world’s biggest economies, the Group of 20, is patchy at best and needs to be strengthened to bolster the fight against corruption. The good news is that G20 leaders meeting in Brisbane in November can help make this happen.

Ahead of the Brisbane leaders’ summit, Transparency International Australia is co-publishing the first independent review of whistleblowing laws across the G20, with key recommendations for how G20 commitments can be better focused.

  • Sep. 19 2014
  • Kavisha Pillay

G20 Meets to Act on Corporate Taxes – But More Needed on Corruption - By Frank Vogl

The often highly complicated approaches used by giant corporations to lower their tax bills will be under attack at this weekend’s key meeting of finance ministers of the Group of 20 most powerful nations in Cairns, Australia.

Fighting corruption an ongoing struggle - By Candice Bailey

The latest high-profile money laundering case implicating Gauteng ANC chief whip Brian Hlongwa tells the tale of a plush life filled with tender favours for mansions, fully paid overseas holidays and personal helicopter trips across Johannesburg’s suburbs. But woven into the intricate reams of court papers detailing how the former Gauteng Health MEC allegedly received lucrative kickbacks from businessmen friends, is a small gem that may have gone unnoticed.


  • Sep. 9 2014
  • Kavisha Pillay

Fighting corruption around the world in five videos!

As the fight against corruption becomes more mobile and technology-driven, members of the Transparency International movement are using online video to raise awareness about bribery and abuse of power, and the ways to take action against it.

From flash mobs and dance moves, to full-length feature films, these videos capture the creativity and energy that goes into fighting corruption.


  • Jul. 2 2014
  • Kavisha Pillay

Whether the public or private sector, there has to be accountability - By Mpho Mathithibane

Mpho.jpgDiscussions on corruption are usually prolonged debates resulting in the development of extensive policies, controls and procedures, yet yielding little to no results in curbing the scourge. There is no hard and fast rule why corruption takes place; its intricacies are inherently linked to aspects such as the moral fiber of society, a sense of entitlement and a general lawlessness. It speaks volumes about socio-economic disparages and in the same turnabout greed. The business private sector seems to be head and shoulders above the public sector in terms of contributing to economic development and employment opportunities. One would think that with this increased business activity, there will be a correlation in increases of corrupt activities in this sector.

  • Jun. 25 2014
  • Kavisha Pillay

I will take a stand against corruption - By Onthatile Mokoena

Onthatile.jpgIn May 2014, South Africa’s born-frees hit the voting stations for the first time – making it one of the most significant elections since 1994. This year, the born-free generation could finally make their mark on the country. However, to my surprise, many of my peers indicated that they would not vote because of their distrust of those in power, as well as their lack of confidence in other political parties to make a significant change.This was extremely disturbing to me – after all, many sacrificed their lives for the freedom of this generation. But, I have to agree with my peers, the evidence of corruption in South Africa and a general abuse of power by our leaders do not inspire confidence in young voters.

Take responsibility for bringing about change - By Monde Mase

monde.jpgI don’t think there is a doubt in any South African’s mind that corruption is one of the biggest problems that the country faces today. It is a wicked problem, and I say wicked because it is so deeply entrenched in our society that most people see it as a way of life. In the eyes of the corrupt, misusing public money or abusing one’s power is a small price to pay for the flashy cars, mansions, extravagant lifestyles and high status. However, for those who are in desperate need of an ID document or a RDP home, paying a bribe is sometimes the only way to ensure these basic needs or services. Like I said, wicked problem…

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