South Africans tackle corruption

first_img15 March 2012South African civil society initiative Corruption Watch received more than 500 complaints from the public in the first month of its existence, with municipalities, traffic cops and the health sector the most frequently complained about.The strong response reflected “a clear willingness on the part of members of the public to reveal their experiences of corruption and speak out against it,” Corruption Watch executive director David Lewis said in a statement on Sunday.The initiative seeks to facilitate the flow of information and enable the South African public to hold their leaders, in both the public and private sector, accountable.Corruption Watch will investigate certain of the complaints, while using all the information it receives to identify corruption “hot-spots” in the country.Members of the public can report cases by visiting www.corruptionwatch.org.za, e-mailing info@corruptionwatch.org.za, or sending an SMS to 45142 at a cost of R1 per message. Whistle-blowers can choose to remain anonymous.Giving voice to the public“Our principle objective is to give voice to the public,” Lewis said. “No government or business leader who looks at our data and at our Facebook page can be left in any doubt as to the level of outrage on the part of ordinary members of the public.”The organization defines corruption as the abuse of power and public resources – whether at the hands of government or business sector employees and institutions – for personal gain. “Corruption could include the abuse of lottery funds, municipal funds, government pension funds and medical aids, and public donations to charitable bodies.”Just under half the cases reported so far fell within its mandate, Corruption Watch said, with about 32% concerning industrial relations issues, consumer grievances (especially about banks), misconduct by lawyers, municipal mismanagement, and business-to-business fraud.‘Serious allegations’Many of these had been referred to organizations better placed to deal with consumer protection or labour issues.“The remaining 25% of cases require further assessment as they were not easy to categorise,” the organisation said. “They were service delivery complaints, which may be due to badly managed processes or a result of corrupt behaviour.”Among the cases Corruption Watch was currently investigating were cases involving “serious allegations of corruption,” Lewis said.“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.”Report on the health sectorIn its first month, Corruption Watch also launched an application with the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) and the Gauteng Department of Health for access to the report of an SIU investigation into allegations of fraud, procurement irregularities, and financial mismanagement in the Gauteng Health Department.The investigation was initiated by a Proclamation in May 2010. However, the report on the investigation was never shared with the public.The SIU report, said Lewis, was likely to reveal “crucial details about how public officials abused their power and public resources to undermine not only the health system but the general health of ordinary citizens.“Access to the SIU report will greatly assist the process of discussion of a report into corruption in the health sector which has been commissioned by Corruption Watch and which we expect to release soon.”In April, Corruption Watch plans to launch its first campaign and release its report into corruption in the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department’s traffic policing function. “This will kick off a major campaign aimed at reforming the JMPD and informing the public about their rights and duties in relation to corruption in traffic policing,” the organisation said.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Drop in vote share worries BJP in Palghar

first_imgMumbai: Behind the desperate efforts of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to seek consensus, and the agony over Shiv Sena’s decision to contest from Palghar is a fall of over 3,25,083 votes from 2014 Lok Sabha elections to the assembly polls held the some months later. Compiled data of votes from all six Assembly constituencies, which are part of the Palghar Lok Sabha seat show that not only did the BJP’s vote share drop from 5,33,201 in general election when it contested in alliance with the Sena to 2,08,118 in Assembly when both parties fought independently, but also that its nearest rival Bahujan Vikas Aghadi (BVA) — led by MLA Hitendra Thakur was much ahead in terms of votes it received by a margin of over one lakh.Dahanu (ST), Vikramgadh (ST), Palghar (ST), Boisar (ST), Nalasopara and Vasai are the six Assembly constituencies in Palghar Lok Sabha seat. Of these, Dahanu and Vikramgadh were won by the BJP, Palghar by the Sena and the rest by BVA in the 2014 elections.An analysis of the data shows that BJP won 2.08 lakh votes in the Assembly polls, while Sena won 1.82 lakh votes across six constituencies. The BVA however holds a clear command with 3.17 lakh votes. “The numbers explain the reason behind BJP’s anxiety. First, there is no Modi wave as in the 2014 general elections. Secondly, BJP had fought in alliance with us which is not the case in 2018. No wonder Chief Minister is wary about how things will unfold,” said a Sena leader in the cabinet. A drop of over 3.25 lakh votes from the general to Assembly polls, held in a span of few months, is a major cause of worry for the BJP. It however banks on the newly found support of Shramajivi Sanghatana’s Vivek Pandit who had won over 65,395 votes in the Assembly elections. The opposition Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) stand a distant fourth in the five-corner fight. Even though both parties fought independently in 2014 Assembly polls, they have formed a front for the coming bypolls. Congress did not contest the 2014 Lok Sabha election as it had extended support to BVA. Taking the votes from the Assembly election into account, the opposition managed to get only 1.50 lakh votes. As per data, the fifth corner of the fight, Communist Party of India (Marxist) is limited to two Assembly seats, namely Dahanu and Vikramgadh. The party bagged only 49,913 votes in Assembly polls and 76,890 votes in the general elections.last_img read more

Cavs ignore last year’s comeback after another 0-2 hole

first_imgLATEST STORIES Klay Thompson shook off a shooting slump to score 22 points and the Warriors pulled away late for another lopsided win.“They play well at home,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. “They won their first two games like they’re supposed to. Coming to a tough environment, we knew it was going to be tough, but they won the first two games. We get a chance to go home now to our home crowd where we play well, also.”The Cavs began to turn things around last year after being outscored by 48 points in the first two losses in Oakland — seven more than this year. They split the two games at home before reeling off three straight wins to become the fourth team to win the title after losing the first two games.“They’re going keep to coming, man,” Curry said. “There is a lot of work for us left to do. And you got to expect them to play, obviously, better at home. And we’re going to need to play better to win on the road.”What was so discouraging for the Cavs is that they played better in Game 2 but the result didn’t really change. They went to a smaller lineup that contributed to Golden State committing 20 turnovers a game after tying a Finals record with four.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV The offense picked up thanks to 27 points from Kevin Love and the Cavs scored 22 more points than in the opener in a faster-paced game, but that also helped the Warriors improve their shooting from 43 percent to 52 percent as Cleveland had a weaker defensive on the floor.“We definitely have a sense of what they’re capable of, and we felt like a lot of times tonight we played better basketball,” Love said. “But they’re a team you cannot — you can’t let them go on runs.”The key one came late in the third quarter after Cleveland cut the deficit to four points. The Warriors followed with a 16-4 run that included 3-pointers from Curry and Thompson, a three-point play from Durant in transition and four points from Shaun Livingston.“That’s what they do,” James said. “That’s what Golden State does. If you make a mistake — like I said, we had a turnover, it came from me, and then we had a miscue and the floods opened again.”The first two games have shown a stark difference in depth. While James has thrived so far and had 29 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists to tie Magic Johnson’s record with his eighth career Finals triple-double Sunday, he hasn’t gotten nearly enough help.Kyrie Irving scored 24 points in the opener and Love had a big day in Game 2, but starters Tristan Thompson and J.R. Smith have been nearly invisible and the bench has offered little help.The Warriors, on the other hand, have gotten key contributions from their four All-Stars: Curry, Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, as well as from players like Livingston, Andre Iguodala and Zaza Pachulia at times to set an NBA record with 14 straight postseason wins.But after being so close last year and falling short, the Warriors know how difficult the next two will be.“It’s human nature to let your guard down, human nature, 2-0, everybody in the world ‘It’s over, it’s over,’” Livingston said. “No, it’s not over. We saw what happened last year. We’ve been here. The guys that were here last year understand it’s the hardest thing to do is to try to close out a series and we’ve got two more games to go. We need to take that mentality to Cleveland.” Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving, seated from left, LeBron James, Richard Jefferson, Kyle Korver and J.R. Smith sit on the bench during the second half of Game 2 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, California. APOAKLAND, California — LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are headed home in a familiar spot after the first two games of the NBA Finals.Rather than reach back to last year’s championship comeback for a confidence boost, James’ focus is on figuring out what Cleveland must do to change its fortunes against a Warriors team that is fresher and far more dangerous this year, thanks to the addition of Kevin Durant.ADVERTISEMENT “They’re a different team,” James said following a 132-113 loss in Game 2 on Sunday (Monday Manila time) that put Cleveland in an 0-2 hole.That’s been quite evident through two games. Durant leads all players with 71 points the first two games — six more than the player he replaced in the lineup, Harrison Barnes, scored in seven games a year ago.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDurant’s scoring has taken pressure off Stephen Curry and allowed the Warriors to withstand Cleveland runs so well that they haven’t trailed after the first quarter in either game.A healthy Curry followed up a 28-point Game 1 with his first postseason triple-double on Sunday with 32 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. He looks more like a two-time MVP than the hobbled player he was in last year’s Finals. View comments BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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