Advocacy comment: Beneficial ownership disclosure is indispensable in the fight against procurement ‘hyenas’

That there are opportunists who will look at a global tragedy and see only a chance to defraud the public purse underscores an urgent need: we must know who these people are. We need beneficial ownership transparency in procurement.

AmaBhungane advocacy

Comment: Should journalists do advocacy?

An investigative outfit with an advocacy programme may raise eyebrows. But amaBhungane has scored major wins for transparency and free speech.

Advocacy comment: AmaBhungane fights for media access to courts under lockdown

Lockdown shouldn’t have to mean ‘locked out’: amaBhungane champions keeping courts accessible to the media in the time of Covid-19.

Advocacy: New privacy rules for Covid-19 tracking a step in the right direction, but …

After the vague and worrying policy on phone-tracking, officials have tightened the regulations significantly. But let’s see what comes out of the oven.

Advocacy comment: Digital privacy in the time of pandemics

The state’s first move to use phone tracking to fight covid-19 lacks key details and safeguards against abuse.

Advocacy release: CR17 – court kicks transparency question into touch

Ruling in president versus protector matter a setback, but the game’s not over.

Advocacy: Open letter to Bheki Cele, Rica victim

The minister of police is in the odd position of upholding the same spying system that targeted him.

Advocacy release: Concourt to hear amaB’s Rica challenge

Our challenge to the abuse of the state’s surveillance capacity is coming to a head.

Advocacy release: In CR17 case, amaB asks the court to uphold transparency

We’re not taking sides in the dispute between the president and the public protector. But the gaping hole in the transparency fence must be fixed.

Nkandla report: Payback time

Advocacy release: amaB and FM launch application to access Zuma’s tax records

We have initiated public interest litigation challenging two Acts’ tax secrecy provisions.

Advocacy release: AmaBhungane weighs in on CR17 dispute

The amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism has applied to join the legal fray between Cyril Ramaphosa and Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane over the president’s failure to declare very large donations received by the CR17 ANC election campaign.

high court PAIA

Advocacy release: No to Steinhoff secrecy

AmaBhungane and Financial Mail join forces to take on corporate “cover-up”.

Advocacy: Civil society organisations gravely concerned with the chilling effect of persistent PAIA non-compliance

The ATI Network is a coalition of civil society and media organisations, who have since 2008 worked collaboratively to advance the constitutional right to information as provided for in the Promotion of Access to Information Act of 2000.

RICA Surveillance

Advocacy analysis: Inside amaBhungane’s landmark ruling on surveillance

The constitution sets the bar, but can our spies and our state rise to the challenge?

Advocacy: Q&A with AmaB’s Karabo Rajuili on party funding transparency

AmaBhungane advocacy coordinator Karabo Rajuili recently addressed the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) on draft regulations for the Political Party Funding Act. She focused on sections of the Act that impact the free flow of information and freedom of the media.

Advocacy: The South African government’s thinking on surveillance law is regressive

At the heart of the problem is the country’s main communication surveillance law, the Regulation of Interception of Communications Act (Rica). 

Advocacy: Spying case is start of SA’s privacy reckoning

AmaBhungane’s constitutional challenge to SA’s surveillance law RICA in court.

Advocacy: AmaBhungane calls on parliament to halt finalisation of PIC Amendment Bill

In written submissions, amaBhungane has urged parliament to amend the PIC Act to allow for public access to records of the PIC’s investment decisions.

Company shareholders' information: Privacy vs public's right to information

Advocacy: A call for disclosure of beneficial owners

The current Companies Amendment Bill revision offers an “ideal opportunity” to include a beneficial ownership disclosure.

Advocacy: AmaBhungane condemns Tanzanian authorities’ harassment and detention of Angela Quintal and her CPJ colleague, Muthoki Mumo  

Quintal is the Africa Program coordinator for the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and an amaBhungane board member.