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20 November 2018 Corruption & Governance Watch


Deep divisions over VBS liquidation

It has been an extraordinary week for SA's banking industry with the crippled VBS Mutual Bank finally liquidated and the fallout from the scandal rippling through the markets and municipalities which had accounts with it. Legalbrief reports that the ... Read More

South Africa

Manyi addresses alleged GCIS corruption

Former GCIS CEO Mzwanele Manyi yesterday highlighted alleged corruption at the agency in 2011 as a reason for sweeping changes he made to procurement structures shortly after his appointment. He was granted an opportunity to give testimony to refute allegations ... Read More

Moyane files urgent application against dismissal

Former SARS Commissioner Tom Moyane says he cannot let his removal from office by President Cyril Ramaphosa go unchallenged and he has filed an urgent application to have the decision reviewed and set aside. Ramaphosa fired him two weeks ago ... Read More

Date set for World Cup stadium damages claim

The City of Cape Town’s R429.47m High Court civil damages claim against listed construction groups WBHO, Aveng and Stefanutti Stocks – related to collusion and bid-rigging on the Cape Town Stadium – has been set down to be heard ... Read More

Policy Watch

Legislation: Justice Committee adopts Cybercrimes Bill

A ‘B’ version of the 2017 Cybercrimes Bill was adopted yesterday by the National Assembly’s Justice and Correctional Services Committee, with two substantive amendments proposed by the DA’s Werner Horn and Glynnis Breytenbach, reports Pam Saxby for Legalbrief Policy Watch. Endorsed ... Read More


Public sector corruption indicative of widespread rot

Private-sector corruption could be ‘quite a bit worse than we think’. That’s the view of Claudelle von Eck, CEO of the Institute of Internal Auditors SA (IIA SA) who believes rampant corruption in the public sector has ‘lulled us into ... Read More

Zuma fee battle could set a precedent

The High Court battle over who should pay former President Jacob Zuma’s legal fees could be precedent-setting – by establishing principles for when and how the state will pick up the tab when officials are charged with corruption in the ... Read More

Why Zimbabwe’s economy is evaporating fast

October’s economic turmoil in Zimbabwe has again highlighted the precarious state of the country’s economy. A casual social media post or imprudent policy statement by a government official is enough to cause panic among Zimbabwean consumers who know from bitter ... Read More

Rest of Africa

Abuja ordered to adjust oil profit sharing model

A Supreme Court panel, which included Chief Justice Walter Onnoghen, has unanimously ordered the federal government to adjust its share of proceeds from the sale of crude oil whenever the price exceeded $20 per barrel. THISDAY reports that the ruling ... Read More

Buhari’s wage hike plan hits a hurdle

On the campaign trail for re-election in February, Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari may have spoken too soon when he backed an initiative to hike his country's minimum wage by two-thirds. A report on the News24 site notes that ... Read More

Former head of arms conglomerate detained

Ethiopia has detained the former head of a large military-run industrial conglomerate, a day after the Attorney-General disclosed that several hundred m i l l i o n dollars was embezzled from the firm. Major-General Kinfe Dagnew, the former head ... Read More


Tax evasion charges slammed

A move by the Philippines Justice Department to charge investigative news site Rappler with tax evasion is being seen as a thinly disguised attempt to stifle press freedom in the South East Asian country. Then Justice Department on Friday said ... Read More

Harry Potter author sues PA for £24 000

Author JK Rowling has sued her former personal assistant for £24 000 after the employee allegedly used the author’s personal funds to go on unauthorised shopping sprees. According to a report in The Independent, the writer says Amanda Donaldson, who ... Read More

India and Morocco sign extradition MoU

Morocco and India have signed an agreement on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters and the extradition of ‘fugitive offenders'. Its aim is to strengthen bilateral co-operation and enhance effectiveness and provide a broad legal framework for prevention, investigation and ... Read More


* A suspicion that Tigon-accused Gary Porritt is malingering to further delay his long-running trial in the Gauteng High Court (Johannesburg) resulted in Judge Brian Spilg ordering he be taken to a private neurosurgeon for a scan. Two different physicians certified ... Read More

* Attorney Mbongeni Frederick Mathe, who was convicted of theft after he stole R10 000 in inheritance money meant for three children, has been struck off the roll following a ruling in the KZN High Court (Pietermaritzburg). Mathe was sentenced to ... Read More

* A Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) judgment has prompted former President Jacob Zuma’s supporters to raise funds to help him pay the R10m in legal fees he incurred when he unsuccessfully tried to block the state capture report. Zuma supporters said ... Read More