Corruption Watch confident of arrests

Corruption Watch is confident some of its investigations will lead to the arrests of the culprits.

JOHANNESBURG - Independent civil society institute, Corruption Watch, is confident some of its investigations will lead to criminal charges.

The non-profit initiative has received over 2000 tip-offs from the public, at least half of which relate to various forms of corruption.

The organisation's David Lewis says since launching in January, they have succeeded in raising awareness about corruption and the benefits of reporting it.

The initiative aims to hold public and private sector officials accountable.

“We think that our investigations are sufficiently complete, and when complemented by the powers that the Public Protector can use, we think there’s a very strongly likelihood that they will lead to arrests.”

He says their investigations have ranged from corruption in several government departments to the textbook crisis in Limpopo.

According to the Institute for Accountability in Southern Africa, the country has lost R675 billion due to corruption since 1994.

The government has declared a war on corruption as its main priority.
(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)