CIVIL SOCIETY AND ANTI-CORRUPTION

Civil Society is represented on the NACF by the following ten organisations:

  • The Convenor of Civil Society Network Against Corruption (CSNAC)
  • The Secretary-General of the Congress of SA Trade Unions (COSATU)
  • The Convenor of the Economic and Social Council
    (ECCOSOC)
  • The Secretary-General of the Federation of Unions of SA
    (FEDUSA)
  • The CEO of the Moral Regeneration Movement
    (MRM)
  • The Secretary-General of the National Council of Trade Unions (NACTU)
  • The Chairperson of the South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF)
  • The Chairperson of the National Religious Leaders Forum
    (NRLF)
  • The CEO of South African National NGO Coalition
    (SANGOCO)
  • The CEO of Transparency SA
    (T-SA)


CSNAC

The Civil Society Network Against Corruption (CSNAC) is a network of civil society organisations which work on corruption issues.

These organisations are committed to an open and democratic society based on human dignity, equality and freedom, who believe that combating corruption is important to achieve democracy and social justice.

MEMBERS OF CSNAC

Open Democracy Advice Centre (ODAC)

The Open Democracy Advice Centre (ODAC) was established during 2001. ODAC offers training and advisory services on the Protected Disclosures Act of 2000 (PDA) and the Promotion of Access to Information Act of 2000 (PAIA).

ODAC launched a help line in 2002 to assist whistle blowers in the process of disclosure.

Website: www.opendemocracy.org.za

Public Information and Monitoring Services
(PIMS)

PIMS is an IDASA programme based in Cape Town with a focus on advocacy, research and training and has contributed to the development of legislation combating corruption and promoting accountability.

PIMS is particularly active on the issue of political party funding.

Website: www.pmg.org.za

Centre for Study of Violence&Reconciliation
(CSVR)

CSVR conducts research including a specific focus on corruption in the South African Police Service (SAPS).

It was one of the only Civil Society organisations to publicly question a decision to close down the Police Anti-Corruption Unit in January 2003.

CSVR facilitated the SAPS National Strategic Plan on Corruption.

It makes inputs on anti-corruption strategies at local and national levels for the SAPS.

Website: www.csvr.org.za

Institute for Security Studies (ISS)

The ISS is the only applied policy research organisation with a dedicated corruption and governance programme that also has a regional focus.

They are running an 18 month project that monitors the impact of corruption on service delivery – focusing on health, housing, education, social development and local government.

The policy work done by ISS on private funding of political parties in South Africa include publications and their website at www.whofundswho.org.za

The ISS also published the report Apartheid Grand Corruption at the request of the Second National Anti-Corruption Summit, May, 2006.

They regularly propose strategies for the public sector to combat corruption more effectively, including comment on policy and proposed legislation.

At a regional level two country research projects are underway on the impact of corruption on the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe and South Africa.

They have also undertaken a three-year project on enhancing the capacity of SADEC states to implement the SADEC protocol on corruption.

A project focusing on the impact of corruption by multi-national corporations on Southern Africa's natural resource sector.

The publication of a handbook is a joint project with UNDP and TI to assist African parliaments and civil society in the implementation of the African Union and United Nations conventions against corruption.

Their website Southern African Information Portal on Corruption (IPOC) at www.ipocafrica.org contains a library on anti-corruption material.

Um’qol’uphandle SA Corruption Briefing is their monthly newsletter (subscribe by email – umqolsub@issafrica.org).

Website: www.iss.co.za

The Black Sash

The Black Sash provides a paralegal service to those who need help in a variety of matters, including child support and other social grants, labour problems, debt counseling and citizenship applications.

It is an independent, non-governmental organisation which contributes to different areas of national policy. They are particularly concerned about corruption in social security.

Website: www.blacksash.org.za

 

Transparency South Africa (T-SA)

T-SA is the only national NGO with anti-corruption efforts at the core of its activities. With access to international good practice from other NGOs, a board of directors and patrons who are influential in shaping the anti-corruption debate, and a good network particularly amongst CSOs.

Website: www.tisa.org.za



Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU)

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) is the biggest of the country’s three main labour federations, with a combined membership of 1.8 million workers grouped into 19 affiliated trade unions.

COSATU was established in 1985 following unity talks between unions and federations that previously competed with one another. COSATU believes in non-racialism, worker control, paid-up membership and international worker solidarity. It also subscribes to the principles of "one industry, one union" and "one country, one federation".

COSATU has, through the years, aligned itself with the ANC's liberation politics. This position was formalised when the federation entered into an alliance with the ANC and the South African Communist Party, referred to as the tripartite alliance.

Website: www.cosatu.org.za


The Convenor of the Economic and Social Council
(ECCOSOC)

 



Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA)

The Federation of Unions of South Africa (FEDUSA) is the country’s second-largest federation, claiming 520 000 members organised into 27 affiliates. Its biggest affiliate union is the Public Service Association, with nearly 200 000 members.

FEDUSA was formed in 1997 following a merger between the Federation of South African Labour Unions and the Federation of Civil Servants. It describes itself as socially democratic and politically non-aligned.

Website: www.fedusa.org.za



Moral Regeneration Movement (MRM)

The Moral Regeneration Movement (MRM) has become a powerful rallying cry for the transformation of the South African Society. It has laid out before it a clear vision and mission. Underpinning this philosophy are inherent values which will govern the overall MRM process.

The Movement has a vision and dream where all South Africans can live and prosper in a fair and just society as people learn the value of compassion.

The MRM, in partnership between government, business and civil society has been established as a Section 21 company to facilitate and nurture this process.

Website: www.mrm.org.za/



National Council of Trade Unions (NACTU)

The National Council of Trade Unions (NACTU) is South Africa's third-largest federation, comprising about 20 affiliate unions with a combined membership of nearly 400 000. It is politically aligned to the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) and holds to Black Consciousness ideologies.

NACTU was formed shortly after the establishment of COSATU. NACTU’s forerunner, the Council of Unions of South Africa, walked out of the talks to form a single federation following disagreements over the principle of non-racialism, espousing instead the principle of black leadership. The council joined up with the pro-Black Consciousness Azanian Confederation of Trade Unions to form NACTU in 1986.

Website: www.nactu.org.za



South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF)

SANEF is a voluntary forum of senior journalists and editors, and journalism trainers, from all areas of the media industry in South Africa.

The idea for a united South African National Editors' Forum was conceived at a meeting of the Black Editors' Forum, the Conference of Editors and senior journalism educators and trainers, held in Cape Town in October 1996. Delegates decided to unite in a new organisation that recognised past injustices in the media and committed itself to a programme of action to overcome them, as well as defending and promoting media freedom and independence.

Website: www.sanef.org.za



National Religious Leaders Forum (NRLF)

The NRLF consists of representatives of all major faith communities in South Africa.

It promotes many ethical values associated with combating corruption through the activities of its constituent members.

The NRLF also promotes a culture of ethical and moral behaviour.

Programmes are offered by its different organisations.



South African National NGO Coalition (SANGOCO)

The South African National NGO Coalition emerged in 1995 to coordinate NGO input into the Government policy and ensure that the rich traditions of civil society - forged in the resistance to apartheid - continue to serve the people of South Africa. SANGOCO is the largest single umbrella body of NGOs in the Southern African region with members in every corner of the country and working on all issues affecting South Africa’s development.

The government came into office, in 1994, with a mandate to end poverty through meeting basic needs, restructuring the economy, democratising the state and strengthening civil society. It is SANGOCO’s stated aim to support the democratic government in this endeavor.

However, since the inception of the Coalition there have been a number of significant policy shifts which warranted a reassessment of its core role and function. The most important of these developments was the adoption of a macro-economic framework. This economic framework was meant to redistribute wealth, create jobs and generate economic growth but the opposite is true because of its neo-liberal character. They also developed a specific code of ethics for NGOs.

Website: www.sangoco.org.za



Transparency South Africa (T-SA)

T-SA is the only national NGO with anti-corruption efforts at the core of its activities. With access to international good practice from other NGOs, a board of directors and patrons who are influential in shaping the anti-corruption debate, and a good network particularly amongst CSOs.

Website: www.tisa.org.za