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Apartheid Grand Corruption

Assessing the scale of crimes of profit in South Africa from 1976 to 1994
by Hennie van Vuuren

Corruption, the abuse of entrusted power for private benefit, costs the people of South Africa billions of rand annually. It is a burden that is carried disproportionately by the poor as it effectively subsidises criminal elites within the public and private sector. It is a matter of public record that in the dozen years since South Africans claimed the right to elect a democratic government, almost no day has gone by without media reports highlighting the extent of the scourge.
This includes allegations of intrigues involving individuals ranging from corporate tycoons to local councillors in remote rural areas, who have abused the power with which they have been entrusted in favour of narrow self-interest.
Yet South Africans have made remarkable strides in countering criminal business in the past dozen years. Building on the foundation provided by the Constitution (1996) and the Bill of Rights, elected lawmakers have asserted their mandate to create laws and institutions that for the first time seriously combat corruption.
The country has a comprehensive framework consisting of a host of public bodies with a mandate to vigorously tackle graft—and they are doing this with increasing success. Although the anti-corruption mechanisms are not without their flaws,they do ensure that many ordinary South Africans have the sense that justice usually prevails. The media, unshackled from apartheid-era press censorship, use
this freedom to report on the anti-corruption efforts of the state and, importantly, to probe the thorny issues that citizens in every modern society fear are being covered up by various interest groups.

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South African Labour Bulletin

Unions exist because workers choose to join them and pay subs so that their rights and interests are protected. But are they? Are union leaders sufficiently accountable? Is sufficient attention given to governance issues in unions and within corporate SA and government? Events like the Nehawu saga (culminating in ousting of its president at the recent congress) should be a catalyst for an examination of union governance, transparency, accountability and corruption. Various factions within Nehawu attempted to use allegations of corruption as a political tool to either retain or influence the elections of union leaders. The Labour Bulletin together with Transparency International (SA) seeks to stimulate debate on these issues in the hope that unions will make it part of their organisational renewal process.

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Cosatu learns about anti-corruption

Pambili Nokulwa Nenkohlakalo - forward with the struggle against corruption!
Refections on 8th national COSATU congress…the union movement takes corruption seriously

"Consolidating Working Class Power for quality jobs towards 2015"


Acknowledgments to Zapiro

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Civil Society Organisations call to support rather than interfere with the Scorpions

As organisations within civil society that are concerned with enhancing transparency and accountability of both our public and private institutions we would like to have our voices heard on the matter of whether the Directorate of Special Operations (DSO) or the "Scorpions" should be moved from the National Prosecuting Authority to the South African Police Services.  more...



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