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23 March 2018 Corruption & Governance Watch


Net closes in on Guptas

The year has not got off to a good start for the Gupta and Zuma families, writes Legalbrief. Once seen as untouchable, the Guptas’ business empire is crumbling over allegations of state capture while their family friend, former President Jacob ... Read More

South Africa

Focus on firm that got Guptas’ R70m SARS refund

The company that received the Guptas’ R70m SARS VAT payout is closely connected to a company whose R2.2bn contract with the revenue service was cancelled in 2016 because one of its shareholders was now suspended SARS Commissioner Tom Moyane’s ... Read More

De Lille cries foul over arms deal inaction

Arms-deal whistleblower Patricia de Lille says authorities let her down by failing to charge 29 prominent South Africans linked to the scandal. The Cape Town mayor reportedly told the Sunday Times that her efforts to bring private prosecutions against individuals ... Read More

CEF in court battle over state fuel heist

Former Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson and the then CEO of the Strategic Fuel Fund (SFF) Sibusiso Gamede have been named in court papers as the people at the centre of one of the biggest heists of state assets – the ... Read More


Why Zondo inquiry must probe broadcast deals

Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo’s judicial commission of inquiry into state capture must probe broadcast deals, Willie Currie and Melody Emmett write in a Business Day article. They say the ‘Zuptas’ attempt to control SA’s electronic broadcast news can be ... Read More

KPMG takes steps to claw back credibility

The steps global auditing giant KPMG has taken to try to claw its way out of an ethical hole are recounted in a Daily Maverick report which says it suffered a massive body blow as the Guptas’ auditors and consultants ... Read More

Rest of Africa

Hain called out over Zimbabwe business links

British peer, Lord Peter Hain, made headlines in SA when he campaigned against state capture. But, says a Mail & Guardian report, Hain does not appear to be applying the same high standards to his own commercial dealings in Zimbabwe ... Read More

Diamond miners named Zimbabwe’s biggest ‘looters’

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has identified diamond mining firms as the biggest looters in Zimbabwe. As previously reported in Legalbrief Today, Mnangagwa in December issued a three-month moratorium to alleged looters and extended it by two weeks. He warned that those ... Read More

Nigeria probes MTN’s bankers over forex dealings

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa could be drawn into a forensic probe initiated by the Nigerian Government into alleged foreign exchange violations by banks acting on behalf of MTN. Ramaphosa’s former investment holding company, Shanduka, is among previous and current ... Read More


Cyber-thieves go hi-tech to launder stolen cash

Crypto-currencies and digital cash systems have become a key way for cyber-thieves to launder stolen funds, suggests research. Alongside its use in ransomware, virtual cash was also helping clean up other sources of stolen cash, said criminologist Dr Mike Maguire ... Read More

New agency to crack down on graft in China

Tackling China’s rampant corruption has been a personal mission of Xi Jinping’s since he became President, and his campaign is now moving up a gear with the establishment of a new anti-corruption agency. The National Supervision Commission (NSC) will oversee ... Read More

Police quiz Sarkozy over Libyan millions for election

France’s former President Nicolas Sarkozy has been taken into police custody to be questioned over allegations that he received millions of euros in illegal election campaign funding from the regime of the late Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. The Guardian says ... Read More