Clean and Efficient Government

Scorpio is the Investigative Unit of Daily Maverick that has worked on several large expose’s in South Africa, including exposing the police brutality in the murder of the Marikana Miners, to the lies behind the SARS Rogue and more recently the GuptaLeaks.  Scorpio is housed in a separate not-for-profit vehicle and employs a team of dedicated investigative journalists and interns that are part of a training program.  Scorpio publishes mainly through Daily Maverick but collaborates with other investigative outlets like amaBunghane and syndicates through to other media platforms like EWN, News24, eNCA and others when applicable. Scorpio needs to raise funds to support future whistle-blowers in their attempts to fight corruption.  Scorpio has committed to financially supporting the GuptaLeaks whistle-blowers to leave the country due to safety concerns and Millennium Trust is supporting them in this regard.

Right It Up is a South African company with the objective to undertake and implement research, advocacy and develop teaching products through consultancies and other work and activities that advances human rights and Constitutionalism. In particular, they advocate for the importance of binding governmental economic and fiscal policy to the realisation of justifiable socio-economic rights. They consider this as one of the big issues facing the human rights movement internationally, and crucial for combatting and reversing inequality as well as the future legitimacy of human rights organisations. It is considered to be crucial for sustaining the legitimacy of rule of law in developing countries where there is extreme inequality.

PPLAAF – is an Africa based non-governmental organisation founded in 2017 by lawyers, anti-corruption activists and investigative journalists with the mandate of supporting whistle-blowers and leaks through legal strategy, funding, research, legislation, and technology.  PPLAAF (a) provides a secure web portal for sending information and documents, as well as secure hotlines at the disposal of whistle-blowers in both French and English;  (b) advocates for the adoption of progressive whistle-blowers protection laws by African governments and helps in writing them;  (c) has created an international network of law firms ready to provide whistle-blowers with counsel and protection from all forms of retaliation, even if they lack the financial resources and (d) assists whistle-blowers to disclose information through its network of international and African journalists and media outlets.  PPLAAF also supports whistle-blowers and journalists in deepening investigations.  Millennium Trust is supporting PPLAAF in a case involving the Ingonyama Trust.

The mission of OUTA is to be a trusted vehicle for positive change, promoting and advancing the South African Constitution and other democratic processes by: (a) challenging the taxation policy and the regulatory environment, as and when deemed as being irrational, unfit or ineffective;  (b) questioning and challenging the squandering, maladministration and corrupt use of taxes, and (c) then holding to account those responsible for wrongdoing.  

Millennium Trust is supporting OUTA to establish the human resource and operational structures of a Local Government division.  This division will partner with and empower local citizens, communities and businesses to ensure healthy municipalities, through organized structures that aim to:  (a) improve community engagement, participation and oversight within the business of local government  municipalities);  (b) protect the basic rights of local residents;  (c) drive transparency of municipal spending;  (d) improve service delivery;  (e) reduce and eliminate corruption and maladministration; and (f) hold municipal officials accountable.

The Institute for Security Studies partners with governments and other civil society organisations to build knowledge and skills to enhance human security and achieve sustainable peace and prosperity in Africa.  In South Africa they have been undertaking detailed research and analysis on understanding how to reduce violence, crime and corruption and improving the criminal justice system since 1996.  In this reporting period, the ISS will work towards two objectives: (a) Promoting police professionalism and accountability and (b) Improving the performance of the criminal justice system.

Government and Public Policy (GAPP) Thinktank is a South African non-profit organisation with the objective to win the argument in the public domain that building autonomous and professional administrations is vital to the long-term development of the country.  GAPP Thinktank will develop proposals on how this can be done generally and in specific sectors.  It will do this by generating persuasive research, stimulating and provoking public debate and attention through targeted media interventions and building awareness and understanding in key constituencies and amongst thought leaders.

UniteBehind is a coalition of people's movements, research and legal organisation, supported by faith-based bodies, with the objective of promoting social justice and resisting state capture.  The UniteBehind secretariat is taking action against the corruption and fraud at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA).  It is currently in court against the PRASA and the Minister of Transport around issues of Governance and Operations.

It wants a resolution of the previous board rescinded that attempted to derail corruption investigations and for the minister to review the process and laws of appointing a board.  UniteBehind has also applied to intervene against Siyangena Technologies.  Siyangena is a supplier for PRASA accused of corrupt practices and it trying to settle its accounts with PRASA through secret arbitration. 

UniteBehind is also going to join PRASA in ligation to rescind the R56million court order Siyaya Rail Solutions obtained against it, but also to set aside the arbitration awards that were the basis for the court order.  It will argue about the unlawfulness of the previous interim board and the unconstitutionality of settling public law disputes via arbitration.  UniteBehind continues to build its grassroots #FixOurTrains campaign to organise commuters around the daily struggles of their commutes to support actions against state capture at PRASA and to build commuter action committees for safety.

The objective of Democracy Works is to strengthen and deepen democracy in Africa. They believe in inclusive, equitable, developmental, collaborative, coalition and consensus democracy at local, national, regional and continental level. In South Africa, Democracy Works Foundation promotes wider civic engagement and contributes to the realisation of the core governing principles enshrined in the preamble of the South African constitution. They collect data and ensure an evidence-based approached to democracy building; strengthen democrats, whether leaders or citizens, as democracy cannot function without democrats; strengthen the core by assisting the fortification of functioning institutions such as parliament, political parties, civil society organisations and media and provide platforms and content for democratic engagement to strengthen the growth of democratic culture. In this particular project, called Assisting Justice and the Restoration of the Rule of Law, the objective is to combat "state capture" by strengthening the capacity of the National Prosecuting Authority to enforce the rule of law and restore justice.

SECTION27 is a public interest law center that seeks to achieve substantive equality and social justice in South Africa. Guided by the principles and values in the Constitution, SECTION27 uses law, advocacy, legal literacy, research and community mobilization to achieve access to healthcare services and basic education. SECTION27 aims to achieve structural change and accountability to ensure the dignity and equality of everyone.

The objectives of Section27 are to support and entrench a new generation of public interest lawyers committed to the pursuit of equality in South Africa; to improve the quality of public interest law in South Africa; to improve the delivery of quality health care services through the application of the law; to improve the delivery of basic education through the application of the law, and to improve, publicise and provide education on the Bill of Rights and the Constitution.

The main objectives of Corruption Watch are to encourage and enable active public participation in combatting corruption by reporting experiences of corruption on a confidential basis on multiple reporting channels ("whistle blowing"); to analyse the received information to identify patterns of corruption in respect of particular activities, government departments, geographical areas, economic sectors, organisations and related factors; and to run focused campaigns, through cooperation with other organisations, directed at exposing and combatting corruption in targeted areas or communities ("hot spots").