Flood of corruption complaints

2012-03-11 14:38

Johannesburg - In its first month of existence, Corruption Watch received 500 complaints from the public, the organisation said on Sunday.

Complaints about municipalities, traffic officers and the health sector featured the most prominently, according to a statement.

"The strong response from the public in the first month reflects a clear willingness on the part of members of the public to reveal their experiences of corruption and speak out against it," executive director David Lewis said.

Corruption Watch was started as a non-profit organisation by the Congress of SA Trade Unions in January. Less than half the cases reported cases fell within its mandate. About a third of the cases involved industrial relations and consumer issues, such as misconduct by lawyers, municipal mismanagement, business-to-business fraud and consumer grievances - especially about banks.

The remaining 25% of cases required further assessment as they were not easy to categorise.

Corruption Watch also received service delivery complaints, which Lewis said could relate to badly managed processes or corrupt behaviour.

The organisation is currently investigating various serious allegations of corruption.

"In two of these, we believe that we have sufficient evidence to refer to the law enforcement authorities or the Public Protector. We will closely monitor progress on the cases and inform the public regularly.

"It is our objective to facilitate the flow of information to enable the public to hold their leaders accountable. We will investigate certain of these complaints and we will use the information to identify hot spots of corruption," said Lewis.

The organisation is to release a report next month on corruption in the Johannesburg metropolitan police department.

The public can report cases by visiting, sending an email to or sending an SMS to 45142.

  • Trevor - 2012-03-11 14:54

    Watch that system crash with all the reports coming in...who EVER thought that the ANC would turn out to be so CORRUPT and rotten to the core...they rely so much on the past efforts of the "Freedom Fighters" that they have almost milked that cow dry as well...who are their hero's now...Nelson Mandela...he's the last then who...Julius Malema....?...Tokyo Sekwale??....oh the list is bismal....

      goyougoodthing - 2012-03-11 15:08

      Trevor, those who did NOT think that the ANC would turn out corrupt have never read a history book. The entire world history repeats the same pattern - to name a few: The Bolshevik Revolution The French Revolution parts 1 and 2 and 3 The English Civil War and Oliver Cromwell Zimbabwe and and and and...... into the future

      Spyker - 2012-03-11 15:09

      What a beautiful 'red herring'. Corruption's top echelon creates the "Corruption Watch" - a bit like Al Capone creating the "Mafia Watch".

  • Mantsho - 2012-03-11 14:55

    To hell with the people complaining, who cares, they vote this government all the time even if is too much problems, so deal with it !!

  • The-madKing - 2012-03-11 15:24

    Lets hope the corruption watch is not corrupt ...

      Christian - 2012-03-11 18:21

      I am afraid it will itself be corrupt since it has become the norm and especially those they are watching have the whole money.

      johan.maree.5036 - 2012-06-21 15:54

      Hehe, that's the first thing I thought about. Cosatu started it, so when a corruption case against cosatu/anc/communist party comes up, will it be covered up, will the culprit get a heads up so that he/she/they can destroy evidence before an investigation can begin? Looking at the tract record of gov and affiliates, odds are that it's already corrupt... We'll only find out later...

  • Lavida Koekemoer - 2012-03-11 15:27

    The only way to combat corruption is have a competitive government ...making noise won't help

  • Lavida Koekemoer - 2012-03-11 15:28

    The only way to combat corruption is have a competitive government ...making noise won't help

  • Lavida Koekemoer - 2012-03-11 15:28

    The only way to combat corruption is have a competitive government ...making noise won't help

      charmaine.mcdonald2 - 2012-03-11 16:07

      I agree, Lavida, but we must continue making noises and pray to God that things will change. Positive thoughts and actions will get us a Crime Free South Africa. Be Blessed.

  • Bertus Pretorius - 2012-03-11 15:36

    A noble attempt which I truly hope will start to make an impact on corruption. However, we all know how far the presidential hotline went (be it from the ANC itself). Things tend to be launched with fanfare but soon fizzles out. But watch this space, people are getting more and more aware of how the current government is failing them.

      Anthony - 2012-03-11 15:47

      bertus --I dont share your enthusiasm ---the problem with this is that they have no 'teeth' --- so they have to refer the complaints to the ANC who are the very people who are being reported and are doing the stealing

      Louise - 2012-03-11 17:08

      Anthony here is not properly informed and should read the article again. The Public Protector is a highly efficient office within government that is one of several agencies that investigate allegations of corruption.

      Bertus Pretorius - 2012-03-11 18:19

      Anthony, I don't know the powers this organisation have, so I can't comment on that. My point is simply that the masses are nearing a boiling point. They are not seeing the changes in their lives, yet the leaders and those well connected to them, are living lives of luxury. R300 million was taken from state coffins last year by those appointed to administer our government's duties. An enlightened few will realise that sooner than later there will simply be nothing left to steal and SA will take the same route most African countries travel.

      johan.maree.5036 - 2012-06-21 16:00

      The amount was R30bn not R 300million...

  • Dennis - 2012-03-11 15:51

    How about we change the name of the "corruption watch" to "news from government" ??

  • charmaine.mcdonald2 - 2012-03-11 16:09

    At least this is a start, I hope all our complaints are heard and action taken accordingly. What about the Magistrates in our courts? The Justice system stinks and many corrupt judges and magistrates are there. I know from experience.

  • Steve - 2012-03-11 16:16


  • Kevin - 2012-03-11 16:36

    Only 500.This is a cover up.

      Martin - 2012-03-11 16:48

      The results have been tampered with by the cANCer

  • Raul - 2012-03-11 20:51

    Floods? The country is at the mercy of greed,corruption,depotism and a vacuum on leadership. A country with Swedish type laws and Somalian implementation. Tata ma chance

  • Tim - 2012-03-12 06:31


      Art - 2012-03-12 06:50

      Sorry Tim... can you say that again?????

  • Edwhynot - 2012-03-12 09:48

    Namibia works fine after SWAPO took over... Why is the ANC so retarded here? Think I wanna move :D

  • reza.daniels1 - 2012-03-12 12:04

    The gravy she very very thick....

  • johan.maree.5036 - 2012-06-21 15:56

    lol, you get 500 corruption cases and you think only TWO are legit, lol! I hope your not getting paid with Tax money...

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