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Letter to the Minister of Basic Education

29 August 2012

Casac calls for the reinstatement of Solly Tshitangano, a Limpopo textbook corruption whistle-blower

Dear Minister

The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC) is deeply concerned that Mr Solly Tshitangano, the former Acting Chief Financial Officer in the Limpopo Department of Education, was dismissed in December last year despite playing such a valiant role in exposing evidence of corruption and maladministration in that Department.

We believe that Mr Tshitnagano has been victimised for his role as a whistle-blower with regard to the irregular awarding of the tender for the supply and delivery of school textbooks. In the on-going fight against corruption we should be lauding such loyal public servants as Mr Tshitangano and honouring their commitment to efficient government. Instead Mr Tshitangano has had to resort to the Labour Court to seek to have his contract of employment reinstated.

Ironically, in defending the claim by EduSolutions for the reversal of your Departments decision to revoke the tender, your Department has made use of the information made available by Mr Tshitangano. You therefore implicitly acknowledge the important role he has played in highlighting the irregularities that led to the tragic delay in delivering textbooks to learners in Limpopo province this year.

As part of its Red Card Corruption campaign, CASAC has emphasised the importance of protecting whistle-blowers, and we have indeed called for greater protection for these individuals. We therefore call on you to take all necessary measures to ensure that Mr Tshitangano is expeditiously reinstated.

Laws such as the Prevention and Combating of Corrupt Activities Act 12 of 2004 (PACCA) and the Financial Intelligence Centre Act 38 of 2001 place a responsibility on citizens to report corrupt and other unlawful conduct of individuals and organisations. It is surely incumbent on your Department to encourage and foster a culture of whistle-blowing so as to rid ourselves of the plight of corruption and maladministration that hampers government efficiency.

By reinstating Mr Tshitangano you will be demonstrating that Government acknowledges the important role played by whistle-blowers, and is committed to protecting them and punishing the beneficiaries of corrupt practices.

Yours sincerely

LAWSON NAIDOO

Executive Secretary

073 158 5736

The Wolpe Dialogue in association with Wits University and the Harold Wolpe Memorial Trust

The Department of Sociology, Wits University and the Harold Wolpe Memorial Trust

Invite you to a

Wolpe Dialogue  

 

in honour of the late Harold Wolpe, renowned academic and activist.

 

Thursday, July 26, 4:45pm for 5pm to 7pm

 

The Constitution, Policy and the State:

The Agenda for Economic Distribution


Sipho M Pityana

Chairman, The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC)

Venue:

Wits University, Southwest Engineering Building,

Ground Floor, Room 10.

Safe Parking at Yale Road, Wits

Anti-Corruption Youth Essay Competition:“Fighting Corruption in Africa: a Youth Perspective”

Anti-Corruption Youth Essay Competition:“Fighting Corruption in Africa: a Youth Perspective”

 

 

 

UNITED NATIONS

ECONOMIC COMMISSION FOR AFRICA

    

 

African Union Advisory Board on Corruption

 

  

Anti-Corruption Youth Essay Competition:

Fighting Corruption in Africa: a Youth Perspective”

 

Are you an African youth concerned about corruption on the continent?

Have you or anyone close to you been a victim of corruption?

Do you believe your future is in any way threatened by corrupt practices?

Would you want your voice to be heard on the issue of corruption?

And do you have a passion for writing?

 

Then you should seriously consider participating in this year’s ‘Anti-Corruption Youth Essay Competition,’ co-organized by the Governance and Public Administration Division (GPAD) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and the Secretariat of the African Union Advisory Board on Corruption (AU-ABC). This is within the framework of annual festivities to mark the International Anti-corruption Week, which is a major item in the Regional Anti-corruption Programme for Africa, developed by the UNECA, in collaboration with the AU-ABC.

 

The Regional Anti-corruption Program for Africa aims at up scaling the fight against corruption on the continent with a view to ensuring a corruption free, better governed and economically prosperous African continent.

 

As you are well aware, corruption negatively affects all segments and groups in society, particularly the youth, who constitute the majority in many African countries. This essay competition is therefore intended to serve two main purposes: firstly, to establish the level of awareness, among African youths of the manifestations and impact of corruption; and secondly, provide a platform for African youths to present their perspectives on the causes, manifestations and impact of corruption and corrupt practices.

 

This year’s theme is “Fighting Corruption in Africa: A youth Perspective” If you have a story or an experience to share relating to this theme, this is a wonderful opening for you – make your submission and let your voice count.

 

The authors of the best three essays will be flown to the host city for the 2012 International Anti-corruption Week, to directly take part in the festivities. More significantly, the five leading authors will participate in a final competition, during which they will make oral presentations (of their essays) to a panel of judges, who will select the three top winners who will then receive special awards from African dignitaries and officials from the two convening institutions.

 

Eligibility Criteria:

 

–       Applicants must reside in an African country

–       Applicants must be currently attending secondary or high-school

–       Essays must be between 4-7 pages long (single line spacing)

–       Submissions must be the unaided work of applicants

–       Submissions should be either in English or French

–       Applicants must be willing and fit to travel

 

To submit an entry:

 

Email your essay with your name, age, school, country of origin, and contact information (email address, telephone number) to: John I Gbodi (e-mail: Gbodij@africa-union.org) and copy Francis Ikome (e-mail: fikome@uneca.org.

 

 

The deadline for submission is: 15th August 2012­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­____________________

 

 

 

 

 

UNITED NATIONS

ECONOMIC COMMISSION FOR AFRICA  

 

 

African Union ADVisory board on corruption

  

  

Concours d’ Essai de Jeunes sur  la Lutte contre la Corruption:

“La Lutte contre la corruption en Afrique: La Perspective des Jeunes”

 

Etes-vous jeune Africain concerné par la corruption sur le continent?

Avez-vous personnellement ou un proche de vous , été une fois victime d’un acte de corruption?

Pensez-vous que votre futur est de quelque façon menacée par des actes de corruption?

Voudriez-vous que votre voix soit entendue sur le problème de la corruption?

Avez-vous de surcroît la passion d’écrire?

 

Alors, vous devriez sérieusement envisager de participer au Concours d’Essai de Jeunes sur la lutte contre la corruption, organisée cette année, par le Département de la Gouvernance et l’Administration Publique (DGAP) de la Commission Economique des Nations Unies pour l”Afrique (CEA) et le Secrétariat du Conseil Consultatif de l’Union Africaine sur la Corruption(CCUAC). Ce concours s’inscrit dans le cadre de la commémoration annuelle de la Semaine Internationale de Lutte contre la Corruption, qui constitue une activité majeure du Programme Régional de Lutte contre la Corruption, développé par la CEA en collaboration avec le CCUAC.

 

L’objectif du Programme Régional de Lutte contre la Corruption est d’accélérer la lutte contre la corruption sur le continent aux fins de bâtir une Afrique épargnée de corruption, une Afrique mieux gouvernée et une Afrique économiquement plus prospère.

 

Comme vous le saviez certainement, la corruption affecte négativement, plusieurs secteurs et groupes de la société, et plus particulièrement la jeunesse, qui constitue la majorité de la population dans plusieurs pays en Afrique. Ce concours d’Essai a donc pour but d’une part de s’enquérir du niveau de prise de conscience des jeunes sur l’existence et les conséquences  de la corruption et d’autre part, de fournir une plate-forme aux jeunes aux fins de présenter leurs perspectives  quant aux causes, manifestations et conséquences de la corruption et de ses pratiques.

 

Le Thème choisi pour l’Essai cette année, est: “La Lutte contre la Corruption en Afrique: La Perspective  des Jeunes”. Si vous avez une histoire ou une expérience sur ce thème et que vous voudriez partager avec les autres, voici alors une occasion propice. Faites votre contribution et faites entendre votre voix.

 

Les auteurs des trois (3) meilleurs essais feront le voyage en avion sur la capitale Africaine qui a été choisie pour la commémoration,  cette année 2012,  de la Semaine Internationale de Lutte contre la Corruption, pour y participer. Auparavant,  les auteurs des cinq (5) meilleurs essais, participeront ā une compétition finale, oū ils seraient priés de faire une présentation orale de leurs textes, devant un jury qui sélectionnera les trois meilleurs, qui recevront ensuite divers prix de la main de hauts dignitaires Africains membres des deux organes organisateurs.

 

Critères de selection:

 

  • Les participants doivent résider sur le continent Africain;
  • Les participants doivent être inscrits au premier degré du Collège (entre les classes de sixième et troisième);
  • Les essais doivent être entre 4 et 7 pages (espace d’une ligne simple);
  • Les textes proposés doivent être écrits de façon indépendante (par leurs auteurs);
  • Les textes doivent être écrits en Anglais ou en Français;
  • Les participants doivent vouloir et pouvoir voyager.

 

The Launch of Kader Asmal Moot Court at the University of Western Cape

A speech delivered by Louise Asmal, Professor Kader Asmal’s widow, on 13 February 2012

This has been a wonderful occasion, and a fitting event coming from a university to which Kader felt such a deep attachment.   When he first arrived here, it was a place of extraordinary political ferment, fierce debates, and involvement in planning the future of our country.The Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Constitutional Court were both the subject of such debates, and fervently promoted by members of the Community Law School here, of whom Kader was one.

To my horror, I read on the internet this morning that our President wants the powers of the Constitutional Court to be reviewed.  According to the report, he lexington code review seems to think that the fact that some judgments are made by majority vote only proves that these judgments are not necessarily correct.  But this is the same process as is followed in debates in Parliament, and if the majority vote there were not deemed to be decisive, chaos would ensue in government.  The President went on to say that judges are influenced by the media, which looks like a regrettable attack on their integrity.

I do not really understand why our Government,  with such a substantial majority in Parliament, and such substantial support in nearly every part of the country, is quite so sensitive to criticism – though I must say that this sensitivity is pretty well standard for governments all over the world.  I believe rather that South Africa is fortunate to have such a vigorous press, and such a strong civil society.

We have heard a lot of criticism lately of our Constitution, and have even heard some rash members of the ANC and its Youth League proclaim that “it is not our constitution”.   Absurd!  So I was very happy to hear that President Zuma, in his State of the Nation address, stated that:

“We affirm our commitment to advance the ideals of our country’s Constitution at all times”.

This was not given the publicity it deserved in our press.

Finally, I must congratulate UWC on establishing this Moot Court.  I am sure that it will promote many vital debates;  and the Asmal family are proud and honoured that it is being named after Kader.