Corruption Watch has described what it terms the escalating corruption in the country as regrettable.

Police corruption has topped the list of complaints that the organisation received from the public and private institutions. This is noted in the 2021 ‘Analysis of Corruption Trends (ACT) report which was released this week.

The report has heightened what appears to be an unabated corruption problem in the policing sector.

It says this is worsened by the powers invested in the police while lockdown regulations are in force.

Corruption Watch Researcher, Melusi Ncala says there is a need for accountability.

He says, with every addition of the ACT report, we mention quite clearly and unequivocally that there needs to be accountability and that accountability needs to come from the top. It cannot be that when we talk about corruption that we only want to use empty platitudes, as seems to be the case and hence perceptions of corruption are so high.”

Ncala speaks about the 2021 ‘Analysis of Corruption Trends’ report:

The spotlight on the state of whistleblowing

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) under the banner of the Health Sector Anti-Corruption Forum has put together a series of webinars that will shine the spotlight on the state of whistleblowing and witness protection in South Africa.

The webinars are an initiative of the SIU together with the Department of Justice and Correctional Services, Government Communication and Information Systems, and the Department of Public Service and Administration, in partnership with Maverick Citizen.

In the introductory webinar below, Head of SIU Advocate Andy Mothibi is joined by former Public Protector Professor Thuli Madonsela, and former SIU Head Willie Hofmeyr, to unpack the importance of whistleblowing in the fight against corruption in South Africa: