Weekly news – 16 February 2018
This week we’ve had some long-awaited encouraging news.
- On Thursday, Jacob Zuma resigned as president of South Africa under pressure from his own party. Zuma, who has been in power since 2009, faces numerous corruption charges.
- We’ve been calling for his resignation for some time, particularly after South African Public Protector and recipient of our Integrity Award in 2014 Thuli Madonsela published a report on state capture in South Africa in November 2016.
- The report highlighted how public officials in South Africa took bribes to award contracts to the private sector, and how Zuma’s ties to the controversial Gupta family empire have compromised the running of the state. David Lewis, executive director of Corruption Watch, our chapter in South Africa, called the removal of Jacob Zuma „a victory of the people of South Africa“ but urged civil society and media to remain vigilant in the coming weeks and months.
- On Wednesday next week, we will release our Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI). This year we show just how important an active civil society and a free media are for the fight against corruption.
- It’s a nexus that has also been making news in Hungary, as concerns that Prime Minister Victor Orbán’s inner circle are getting rich from EU-funded public contracts have made headlines, at the same time as a draft law to curtail space for NGOs comes before Parliament.
- Check out our website from 18:00 GMT on Wednesday 21 February for the full CPI scores and rankings, and all our news and analysis of this year’s results.
The 18th edition of the International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) in Copenhagen from 22-24 October 2018 is thrilled to announce that the call for workshop proposals is now open. Help us shape the #18IACC agenda! Anyone interested in the fight against corruption is welcome to submit a proposal.
Hungary has been all over the international press in the last few days for allegations of cronyism amongst the ruling elite. Billions of euros in public funds have allegedly ended up in the pockets of friends and family of the Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. Read the latest article from TI Hungary.
This is the second story of our new series Real Lives, Real Stories, written by staff from our national chapters in the Asia Pacific region. Did you miss the last story? Catch up here.
Honduras: Head of OAS anti-corruption mission in Honduras resigns
Reuters (16 February)
South Africa: The economic challenge
BBC News (16 February, TI mention)
Ukraine: PGO to cooperate with UK’s International Anti-Corruption Coordination Center
Interfax Ukraine (16 February)
USA: U.S. Bancorp to pay about $600 million over money laundering
Bloomberg (15 February)
Canada: How Canada became an offshore destination for ‚snow washing‘
The Guardian (14 February, TI mention)
Global: A $1 trillion fund cracks down on corruption in its portfolio
Bloomberg (13 February)
Source: Transparency International
We will release our Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI). This year we show just how important an active civil society and a free media are for the fight against corruption.