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23 January 2019 Corruption & Governance Watch


Former director blows lid off Bosasa ‘cult’

The former director of facilities management company Bosasa yesterday delivered explosive testimony before the State Capture Commission of Inquiry by revealing how it secured multimillion-rand government contracts during Jacob Zuma’s presidency. Legalbrief reports that Angelo Agrizzi’s evidence is expected to ... Read More

South Africa

Steinhoff’s salvage process hits a hurdle

Steinhoff International Holdings effort to rescue its European business has been delayed after a challenge from a company linked to Andreas Seifert, the beleaguered retailer’s latest opposition from its former Austrian partner. A report on the Fin24 site notes that ... Read More

NPA delivers Zuma tax documents

The NPA has handed over the ‘materials relating to the income tax offences’ with which former President Jacob Zuma has been charged. They relate to his alleged failure to submit tax returns from 1995 to 2003 and declare income of ... Read More

Policy Watch

Finance: Crypto assets policy proposals out for comment

A discussion paper on crypto assets was released yesterday by the South African Reserve Bank as the next step in developing a policy on what is described as a ‘technology-driven innovation’ with the potential to ‘materially impact financial services’, reports Pam ... Read More

Economy: Cabinet questions growth path ‘correctness’

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s ‘economic colloquium’ will reconvene this month to consider more policy proposals for stimulating economic growth (City Press). Opening the first session on 21 December, the Minister told World Bank representatives, local and international academics, researchers, economists ... Read More


Inside the Bosasa beast

At the exact moment corruption paymaster Angelo Agrizzi started his testimony yesterday, lawyers for the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture began to call those who will be implicated in his testimony to alert them. They will be given an ... Read More

Rest of Africa

Harare targets petrol cheats

Owners of oil companies and service stations that cheat in buying or selling fuel face heavy penalties under new regulations gazetted at the weekend. As previously reported in Legalbrief Today, fuel prices in Zimbabwe have more than doubled after this ... Read More

Has Kenya signed off key assets to China?

Kenya's key strategic assets at home and abroad will not be protected by ‘sovereignty’ and risk being seized by the Chinese Government should there be a default in repaying the Standard Gauge Railway loan, the contract reveals. The initial ... Read More

‘Conflicted’ eSwatini CEO flagged

The CEO of eSwatini’s National Agricultural Marketing Board (NamBoard), which controls the importation of maize and maize meal into eSwatini (formerly Swaziland), has a stake in a maize business, an amaBhungane investigation has revealed. A NamBoard source claims this meant ... Read More


Court backs Libya in commercial lawsuit

A Paris court of the International Commerce Chamber has ruled in favour of Libya in the case lodged against the Libyan Civil Aviation Authority and the Transportation Projects Authority. The Transportation Projects Authority confirmed that it had won a case ... Read More

International company sues shoe business over unpaid bill

Zoom – an international clothing and footwear company based in England – is claiming $353 516 from a Hammarsdale shoe business, Ihlobo, for unpaid raw materials it supplied. However, the local company denies liability and claims that another company, Universal ... Read More


IFP takes aim at ANC

* The IFP has accused the ANC-led Alfred Duma municipality in KZN of directing R400 000 in public funds towards the governing party's Thuma Mina campaign. The IFP says the municipality spent the money on printing calendars and diaries for ... Read More

Senior official allegedly blackmailed

* A former senior Department of Water & Sanitation official alleges the Minister’s adviser and an MP tried to blackmail her to implicate former Minister Nomvula Mokonyane in wrongdoing. The claim was made in an affidavit by former acting CFO Mbalenhle ... Read More

Hawks mum on extradition

* The Hawks have refused to be drawn on when they will take action against the Guptas in Dubai and bring them back to SA for their alleged involvement in state capture. However, it said it was intensifying its investigations into ... Read More