Corruption Watch: top tweets

2012-01-26 10:26

A tweet-by-tweet account of today’s launch of Cosatu’s graft-buster body Corruption Watch.

Vavi arrives. He is scrambling for T-shirt. But he’s wearing nice black green and gold shirt. Strategic. This aint anti-ANC #corruptionwatch

#corruptionwatch Today Vavi becomes the face of the fight against corruption. Big, positive development for SA.

Radebe: once we have created impression that corruption is a way of life in SA we have lost the battle (did Vavi nod?) #corruptionwatch

Radebe: media must be supported to continue exposing corruption (take that Min Cwele!) #corruptionwatch

Radebe: initiatives are not enough until we have corruption nipped in bud. Small prezzies, even tea, bribes, contribute to corruption

Radebe: corruption, as apartheid was, is the new common enemy. Clap. #corruptionwatch

Radebe: praises Cosatu for #corruptionwatch. He’s also been complimentary to civil society. All ANC hostilities to civilsoc-Cosatu forgotten

Radebe: In govt it is mainly officials who manage procurement that perverse the system for their own greedy needs. #corruptionwatch

Madonsela (in reax to Radebe?): to only focus on procurement officials is wrong. #corruptionwatch

#corruptionwatch Radebe: speaks of greedy tenderpreneurs (that’s you, Juju). Don’t ask govt can do about corruption, what can you do?

@Bhintsintsi (Sabelo Ndlangisa)
Jeff Radebe says we must build a society where people shun crass materialism. Maybe we need people who’ll lead by examples #corruptionwatch

Madonsela: sometimes those stealing from the poor told them we are eating for you (like the cake and bubbly at ANC party?) #corruptionwatch

#corruptionwatch points out that queue-jumping for a fee (for houses, taps, licences etc) also corruption. You ever done that?

#corruptionwatch Vavi: harms poor black South Africans; takes stab at Godongwana re squandering of clothing workers pension funds

#corruptionwatch Vavi: unions are not paragons of virtue. References Limpopo disaster at hospitals, schools, etc daylight robbery from poor

@Bhintsintsi (Sabelo Ndlangisa)

Vavi: “Leadership contestation is changing from being about the battle of ideas into battles for control of the public purse-strings.”

Vavi: factions provide perfect cover for mediocrity and incompetence. Those caught in cookie jar don’t resign because immunity by faction

Vavi: businesses are set up to win corrupt tenders from state, sometimes run by ex public officials. #corruptionwatch

Vavi: political factions bribe – winner is one with biggest war chest. Ouch. #corruptionwatch

Lewis: #corruptionwatch will gather info on corruption, disseminate it and distribute. Main source of info will be members of public.


Lewis: people can also report via sms at R1 each but we hope to reduce that with cell phone companies #corruptionwatch

Lewis: small team of investigators will decide to inv or pass on info to law enforcement agencies. #corruptionwatch

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