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28 May 2017 Corruption & Governance Watch

Focus


Zuma faces a perfect storm

President Jacob Zuma is the ultimate survivor, having weathered many storms that would have long destroyed a lesser person. But, writes Legalbrief, events of the past week have combined to create a perfect storm: the SA Council of Churches’ damning ... Read More

South Africa


Parliamentary probe into Molefe riddle on the cards

Parliament’s Public Enterprises Committee has unanimously decided to take the first step towards a parliamentary inquiry over the return of Brian Molefe as Eskom chief executive and a host of other governance troubles, according to a Daily Maverick report ... Read More

Now Denel comes in for a roasting from MPs

Former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan led the charge against another state-owned entity when he grilled Denel yesterday (Wednesday), demanding an honest answer about the state arms manufacturer’s dealings with Gupta-linked VR Laser. ‘South Africans are worried that there is ... Read More

SAA hit by R13.6m tender scandal

An SAA employee who allegedly forged signatures of senior executives to manipulate a R13.6m tender to benefit financially is being protected by its other senior executives, a report in The Sunday Independent claims. The Sunday Independent says it has ... Read More

Analysis


Outgoing Prasa chair asks tough questions

In a Business Times interview, outgoing chairperson of the Passenger Rail Agency of SA, Popo Molefe tells of schemes to oust him and thwart probes of alleged rigged tenders. The report notes that forensic investigations instituted by Molefe have revealed ... Read More

Rest of Africa


Tunisia declares ‘war on corruption’

Tunisia declared a ‘war on corruption’ yesterday (Wednesday) after the arrest of three businessmen and a customs officer on suspicion of graft and financing protests in the North African country. Corruption was widespread under long-time president Zine El Abidine Ben ... Read More

Runaway Gambian leader 'stole' $50m – Minister

Former President Yahya Jammeh stole 'at least' $50m from the state before he left the country in January, Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambadou said this week. BBC News reports that Jammeh is accused of withdrawing the money via a state telecoms ... Read More

Couple convicted over pension scam

A Zimbabwean couple who attempted to squander a late relative's $15 000 pension after evicting the deceased's widow from their matrimonial house have been convicted. New Zimbabwe reports that Micah Mbarwi evicted Winfrida Chisiri – his brother's widow ... Read More

World


Under-fire Airbus beefs up anti-graft measures

Airbus has set up a heavyweight panel of compliance to examine its business practices as the pan-European plane-maker comes under scrutiny from British and French anti-corruption and fraud investigators. A report in The Telegraph says the new Independent Compliance Review ... Read More

Computer hacker jailed over insider trading scam

A Ukrainian computer hacker was this week sentenced to 2½ years in prison over his role in a global scheme to conduct insider trading based on stolen, yet-to-be-published corporate news releases, US prosecutors said, according to a report on the ... Read More

Briefs


* Business couple Stella and Bruce Buthelezi, who allegedly defrauded former Kaizer Chiefs captain Jimmy Tau of R2m, appeared in the Johannesburg Commercial Crimes Court to answer to theft and fraud charges. They allegedly took money from Tau in return for ... Read More

Sidebar


Breakfast chop-chop

Breakfast chop-chop Northern Cape police commissioner Risimati Shivuri used a state helicopter to fly 4km for breakfast at a Wimpy in Colesberg during the ANC’s recent provincial conference in the town. The same weekend, the province’s only helicopter ... Read More

£1 consolation

£1 consolation Convicted fraudster and former Nigerian state governor James Ibori has been awarded £1 for being unlawfully detained for 42 hours in the UK. Ibori was jailed in the UK for fraud totalling nearly £50m in 2012. He was ... Read More