The mayor of graft: Hawks investigating eThekwini mayor

The Hawks are investigating eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede for actively facilitating money laundering, fraud and corruption, allegedly to pay back cronies who helped her political ambitions. A hard-hitting forensic report on which the case is based states that Gumede summoned a municipal official to her home to demand that a R25m tender go to handpicked companies. Those companies, the report states, may have belonged “to councillors and political figures that had supported Gumede in her political endeavours and that councillor Gumede owed them a token of gratitude in the formRead More

Anti-corruption lessons from China

China held its most important political meeting this week in half a decade – the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party. The congress sets the roadmap for the country’s long-term national development and establishes the party’s priorities. A message that came out strongly in President Xi Jinping’s speech in the Great Hall of the People was that the greatest threat to the Communist Party was corruption. Xi specified that the Communist Party of China (CPC) would focus its oversight on the “key few” – those being leading party officials.Read More

CT commissioner accused of employing friends in high-paying jobs

A Transport and Urban Development Authority portfolio committee meeting descended into a shouting match when the ANC accused the City of Cape Town’s transport commissioner of corruption and of employing friends in top positions. ANC committee member Bheki Hadebe demanded answers after a dossier was sent to portfolio chairperson Anthony Moses, which contained allegations that commissioner Melissa Whitehead had appointed two “good friends” to fill high-paying vacancies. The dossier, he said, had been compiled after city officials leaked information to the official opposition.

Greater effort needed to rid SAPS of cops involved in crime

Efforts need to be intensified to rid the South African Police Service (SAPS) of police officers involved in crime and thus terrorising communities, the South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) said on Sunday. The involvement of police officers in crime undermined the confidence that the public had in law enforcement, Sanco national spokesman Jabu Mahlangu said. READ: War on corruption must first be won within SAPS: Sanco This followed the arrest of three police officers and five other suspects by the Gauteng SAPS trio crimes task team (house and business robberies,Read More

City of Joburg uncovers fraud and corruption worth R7.5m

The City of Johannesburg has uncovered theft‚ fraud and corruption amounting to over R7.5 million at Joburg Market. The report details how three officials at the market‚ together with suppliers‚ allegedly defrauded the City by inflating the number of goods received via the market’s procurement processes. “The City has opened a case of fraud‚ theft and corruption against all implicated officials and suppliers with the Hawks. The arrest of all those implicated is imminent‚” said Mayor Herman Mashaba. The three implicated officials have been suspended. story

How SA stole the 2010 World Cup

The sad and shocking story of how an international betting ring manipulated warm-up games ahead of the 2010 Soccer World Cup is told by Ray Hartley in his book ‘The Big Fix’. Here is an edited extract from the book “Chaibou walked into a bank in a small South African city carrying a bag filled with as much as $100000 in $100 bills, according to another referee travelling with him. The deposit was so large that a bank employee gave Mr Chaibou a gift of commemorative coins bearing the likenessRead More

City Power gets tough on fraud and corruption

City Power, the City of Johannesburg’s electricity utility, has introduced tough measures to stem the tide of fraud and corruption, which cost the entity millions of rands every year and impact on service delivery. The measures were announced at a media briefing at the utility’s headquarters by board chairman the Rev Frank Chikane, Member of the Mayoral Committee for Environment and Infrastructure Services Councillor Matshidiso Mfikoe and Managing Director Sicelo Xulu on Monday May 9. City Power has set up a hotline to enable members of the public to reportRead More

China sets death penalty threshold in corruption cases

Corruption cases involving three million yuan ($463,000) or more may incur the death penalty in future, Chinese authorities ruled Monday, signalling that officials could be executed for graft. Under President Xi Jinping the country has waged a much-publicised anti-corruption campaign vowing to target both powerful “tigers” and low-level “flies”, but no Communist Party official is known to have been put to death for the offence since Xi took office. The Supreme People’s Court and China’s national prosecuting body said that bribes or embezzlement totalling three million yuan or more willRead More

Combating corruption in the workplace

Corruption. The dictionary offers a simple definition of corruption as “dishonest or fraudulent conduct by those in power, typically involving bribery”. And it’s true, corruption often comes in the form of bribery, whether big or small.   However for the average Joe, a “bribe” is a little white lie we’ll spin to get what we want, such as offering to buy the coffee lady lunch if she’ll only allow you to jump the queue. However, when you suspect your manager or colleague is involved in a fraudulent activity; one thatRead More

Marches are only the start, says Vavi

Marches against corruption on September 30 should be the start of a new chapter that signals the awakening of citizens, says expelled Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi. “It must be seen as the moment when the game changes, from a citizenship that have their heads in deep sand, denying what is happening above, to a citizenship that is actively engaging and demanding accountability from their government,” Vavi said on Friday.

Corruption in SA could be ‘almost out of control’

General corruption levels in SA could very well be “almost out of control and almost anything can be acquired at a price”, according to Steven Powell, co-head of forensics at legal firm ENSafrica. He expressed concern about corruption becoming entrenched in municipalities and in the government.

Fee, Fi, Fo, Foul, FIFA

Fifa has published its report into dodgy biddings for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. And, surprise, almost everyone involved at least appeared to be involved in some or other shenanigans. By ANTOINETTE MULLER. Surprise! That bastion of adequate sporting governance, Fifa, have embarrassed themselves yet again. On Thursday, they released the findings of their probe into the controversial bidding races for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups and, as expected, it has caused yet another fall out.

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