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21 July 2017 Corruption & Governance Watch


Pressure continues to mount on scandal-plagued Eskom

Scandal-plagued Eskom is under pressure on several fronts, writes Legalbrief. The state-owned entity has taken a hammering for asking Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown to approve short-term bonuses totalling R5.5m for three of its most controversial former and current ... Read More

South Africa

Lives, careers lost in anti-graft fight - Pityana

People were being killed as a result of the fight against state capture, Save SA convener Sipho Pityana said on Tuesday. ‘This struggle has already claimed lives through political violence we see in KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and other parts of the ... Read More

Healthcare fraud costs SA billions - SIU

At least 7% of all medical claims in SA are fraudulent, costing their members annually between R2 500 and R2 800 to cover fraudulent expenditure. A Fin24 report notes Andy Mothibi, CEO of the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) was speaking ... Read More

Nkandla tender process not transparent - evidence

The process used to appoint a contractor to upgrade President Jacob Zuma’s private Nkandla homestead was not fair‚ transparent‚ equitable or cost effective‚ the Special Investigating Unit said yesterday (Wednesday). A TimesLIVE report says investigator Christian Legwabe made this ... Read More


Business finds its voice in anti-graft movement

Business has found its voice in response to allegations of state capture around an increasingly isolated President Jacob Zuma. Ferial Haffajee reflects in a HuffPost SA report that the big business sector, long cowed by repeated smackdowns from former President ... Read More

Rest of Africa

ex-Minister charged over Malawi's $35m maize deal

Malawi’s former Agriculture Minister was yesterday (Wednesday) arrested and charged with graft for allegedly profiting in a $35m maize import deal from neighbouring Zambia, officials said, according to a report on the News24 site. It notes George Chaponda has ... Read More

Ugandan bank manager jailed for graft

A Ugandan bank manager has been sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment for his role in an elaborate scam which saw $1.55m siphoned from the accounts of two clients in South Sudan two years ago. Between March and April 2015 ... Read More

Dos Santos' son-in-law convicted of fraud

The son-in-law of Angola’s President Eduardo dos Santos has been sentenced to jail for fraud in the Democratic Republic of Congo. A BBC News report notes businessman Sindika Dokolo said the conviction was politically motivated and that he will ... Read More


Brazil's Lula has $4.3m in assets frozen

A Brazilian judge has ordered assets worth $4.3m belonging to the country’s former President, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, to be frozen following his conviction for corruption, notes a BBC News report. Judge Sergio Moro said nearly $200 ... Read More

Spain soccer boss held in graft probe

Police in Spain say they have arrested Ángel María Villar Llona, the president of Spain’s football association, Real Federación Española de Fútbol (RFEF), according to a report in The Guardian. Villar Llona, who is also ... Read More

BNP Paribas fined $246m over currency rigging

The US central bank has fined BNP Paribas $246m, the latest punishment in a currency rigging scandal that has led to billions in fines on both sides of the Atlantic, according to a BBC News report. It notes authorities say ... Read More


* Cape Brick – the third and last company in the Western Cape brick cartel – has settled with the Competiton Commission after admitting to cartel conduct. The company agreed to pay a R300 000 fine and to implement a competition law compliance ... Read More


Con artists in new SIM-swap scam

Con artists in new SIM-swap scam MTN has warned customers of a SIM-swap scam which seeks to obtain people’s private information. ‘In this scam, a supposed MTN call centre agent requests the customer’s security details under the pretext ... Read More