• Mar. 3 2017
  • Talitha Hlaka

Annual Report 2016: Bua Mzansi

On the 28th of February, a month after its fifth birthday, Corruption Watch released its fifth annual report. The report celebrates the almost 15 000 whistle-blowers who have approached us during the last half a decade, and also features highlights of what was a busy year for the organisation.

  • Feb. 24 2017
  • Talitha Hlaka

Cautious budget reflects political landscape

A lot can happen in a political year, and anyone holding Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s last two budget speeches side by side can see evidence of this. Gordhan presented his 2016/17 budget under extreme political pressure on Wednesday – amid some speculation that it may very well be his last – and thus it lacked somewhat the bold, authoritative tone of last year's on certain key issues such as the poor administrative leadership and decisive action against supply chain management transgressions within the public sector.

  • Feb. 10 2017
  • Talitha Hlaka

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.”

  • Jan. 31 2017
  • Talitha Hlaka

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.

  • Jun. 3 2016
  • Talitha Hlaka

South Africa blows a feeble whistle at UK graft summit

 

By Nicky Rehbock - Global Campaigns Officer at Corruption Watch

Still groggy from my flight, the invite from the Prime Minister’s office in my inbox didn’t register at first.

I had flown to London to represent Corruption Watch during the week of the Anti-Corruption Summit in early May – particularly to attend a conference the day before the main leaders summit.

 

Young people are at the helm of change

 The Youth Integrity Dialogue, hosted by Corruption Watch in October 2015, brought together a small group of young people to voice their thoughts and opinions about the upcoming 2016 local government elections. A representative from the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), Lonwabo Jwili, spoke about the preparations and systems that are being put in place to encourage youth participation in next year’s election. However, the 30 young people present at the event seemed despondent and raised concerns about government’s inaction on delivering on promises made during their election campaigns.