Are you witnessing corruption but don’t know what to do about it? Ask the team of Corruption Watch experts what to do by writing to: email@example.com and mark your letter 'Dear Corruption Watch'.
Dear Corruption Watch, as an employee, I want to blow the whistle on something going on, but I’ve signed an employment contract that has provisions about confidentiality of information obtained during the scope of my work. Does the whistleblowers act trump such legislation or company policy making disclosure of information criminal?
Dear Corruption Watch, I am concerned that many high-profile and important positions in South Africa made by the president are compromised from the start, like the national prosecutions head. What alternatives to presidential appointment are there in South Africa and other countries?
Dear Corruption Watch, the national director of public prosecutions recently announced that not only have charges of fraud and perjury against his deputy, Nomgcobo Jiba, been withdrawn, but she’s been promoted! How can she have a future at the NPA?
Dear Corruption Watch, So many immigrants seeking refuge, opportunity and a future in South Africa are greeted with contempt and “xenophobia” that it’s a wonder we still have so many applications for asylum. But I’m hearing that in addition to such indignities, refugees must pay bribes to become documented aliens. Don’t our laws protecting people’s rights extend to immigrants?
Dear Corruption Watch, There seems to be a pattern in the turmoil erupting in our state-owned enterprises between boards and ministers. Inevitably this leads to corruption allegations against one or more of the parties and to allegations of interference from the government in these enterprises. What is the responsibility of each of these actors in relation to governance issues?
Dear Corruption Watch: The head of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate [in Gauteng] has been suspended while being investigated for nepotism. But I wonder: we are all told of the value of social solidarity, of community members assisting each other to get ahead. Why, then, does nepotism in public sector appointments or other forms of appointment constitute corruption? And if it is corruption, is it criminal?
Dear Corruption Watch: I was reading a piece on rampant corruption in India and the prevailing dispensation’s undertaking to root it out. One of the initiatives was to implement an online application system for the granting of certain permits. Is this something worth exploring in South Africa?
Dear Corruption Watch: You’ve told us that the new Public Administration Management Act is really important since it prevents state officials from doing business with the state and requires them to declare all financial interests. Why hasn’t the president enforced it yet? Given the urgency with which we should be fighting corruption, is there any way that we can make him hurry up?
My local councillor is being investigated for his role in corrupt tender processes in our municipality. A senior branch member of our political party told me that I should not discuss the allegations or charges because the councillor is "innocent until proven guilty". I understand that this is an important part of criminal trials, but what is its relevance in public discussions around allegations of corruption?