The formation of
Corruption Watch (CW) on the 26th January 2012
took place against a backdrop of growing public
concern at the increasing incidence of ‘grand’ and
‘petty’ corruption in South Africa.
CW’s principal mission is to encourage and enable
public participation in combatting corruption. In
particular it encourages members of the public to
report experiences of corruption on a variety of
platforms including their website, a dedicated short
code SMS number and a telephone hot line. The
information gathered is analysed in order to
identify patterns and hot spots of corruption. These
are reported back to the public on their
communications platforms and through the commercial
and community media and are referred to the relevant
authorities. Their team of writers draws on these
reports and analyses for the publication of stories
on their active website which are re-published by
the mainstream media.
Selected reports are referred for further
investigation to their legal and investigation team.
The outcomes of their investigatory works are
extensively publicised and are also referred to the
law enforcement authorities, the Public Protector
and relevant government institutions. The legal team
also engages in litigation and advocacy.
The Claude Leon Foundation is proud to be one of the
‘founding’ supporters of Corruption Watch. It has
committed significant funding to support the
establishment and work of Corruption Watch in the