Corruption Watch receives high volumes of complaints

Corruption Watch’s David Lewis said the increase in the volumes of complaints isn’t necessarily bad news.

FILE: Hundreds of Numsa members and other parties sang and danced through the streets of Johannesburg's CBD as part of an anti-corruption march on 14 October 2015. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Corruption Watch said the volume of complaints it receives is on the increase and the bulk of the thousands of complaints come from Gauteng residents.

The watchdog joined a panel on transparency at yesterday's annual city region conference for senior managements hosted by the Gauteng government.

Premier David Makhura said the conference was aimed at improving service delivery in the province.

Corruption Watch's David Lewis said the increase in the volumes of complaints isn't necessarily bad news.

Lewis believes the uptick can be attributed to good governance and an active citizenry.

"The citizens of Gauteng actually feel that there's more chance of the reports being act upon than the citizens of most of the rest of South Africa."

Fellow panelist Public Protecter Thuli Madonsela echoed Lewis's views, saying Premier Makhura and his team have shown great respect for her office and deal with her findings appropriately.