[Duraspace] The open government calculation and South Africa’s opportunity | Daily Maverick

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Fri May 22 14:48:12 SAST 2015

The Open Government Partnership presents a unique opportunity to South
Africa, one where government can become more open and more accountable. *It
means we can ensure that not just open data is forwarded, or even more
information, but that commitments can be designed that directly promote
increased accountability in South Africa.*

In South Africa, a newspaper or news site seemingly cannot pass a day
without corruption and mis-expenditure seizing at least one headline. From
the continuing call for the president to account for the Nkandla
corruption, to 15 South African Police Services officials from the Eastern
Cape appearing in court on corruption charges in April and R 700 billion
reportedly lost to corruption over the last 20 years according to the
Institute of Internal Auditors, it appears graft may be endemic to our
bureaucratic structures.

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