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25 November 2017 Corruption & Governance Watch


Probe told of Zuma’s ‘hidden hand’ at Eskom

For the first time, President Jacob Zuma has been placed at the scene that opened the door to the wholesale looting of Eskom, writes Legalbrief. And, in a day of high drama at Parliament’s state capture inquiry, Public Enterprises ... Read More

South Africa

SIU in bid to recover R88m from property mogul

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) is trying to recover more than R88m from Durban businessman Dumisani Tembe who allegedly defrauded the government in an ‘illegal’ 10-year lease agreement for the Royal Hotel office space. A Sunday Tribune report says Tembe ... Read More

Minister tried to bribe me – inquiry evidence leader

New State Security Minister Bongani Bongo is accused of offering a bribe, in a form of ‘blank cheque’, to the evidence leader of Parliament’s state capture inquiry, Advocate Ntuthuzelo Vanara. A Sunday Times report says Vanara made the allegation ... Read More


ANC candidates fall short on stamping out graft

What do ANC presidential hopefuls plan to do about rampant corruption and state capture? Accountability Now director Paul Hoffman explores this issue in an article on the BusinessLIVE site in which he notes that the candidates are going to have ... Read More

‘Freeloading’ US tech giants called out

Are US tech giants the new robber barons of the 21st century, banking billions in profit while short-changing the public by paying minimal tax? A report on the eNCA site notes that EU leaders have agreed to tackle the question ... Read More

Rest of Africa

Corruption among judges tackled at IBA conference

Corruption among judges was one of the issues tackled at the International Bar Association’s regional conference in Ghana last week. Legalbrief report that Ghana was an appropriate venue for the discussion as this was where possibly the biggest judicial ... Read More


Fifa bans top football officials for life over graft

The Fifa ethics committee has banned three leading officials from all football for life. A report in The Independent says Richard Lai, Julio Rocha and Rafael Esquivel pleaded guilty to corruption charges in the US and have been given lifetime ... Read More

Romanian party boss probed over alleged EU fraud

Romania’s anti-corruption prosecutors’ agency on Tuesday froze the assets of the powerful leader of the ruling party amid a probe into the misuse of EU funds. A report on the US News site says the anti-corruption office said Social ... Read More

US casino faces $8m penalty for lax controls

The federal Financial Crimes Enforcement Network has hit Artichoke Joe’s Casino in San Bruno, California, with an $8m penalty for allegedly violating a number of anti-money-laundering laws over the past eight years. From October 2009 until this month, FinCEN ... Read More


* Two members of a syndicate that defrauded insurance companies by taking out life cover policies for people they later murdered were convicted in the KZN High Court (Pietermaritzburg) this week. Hlengiwe Zuma (42) and Fisani Khoza (40) were sentenced to ... Read More

* Two prisoners appeared briefly in the Kempton Park Magistrate's Court for allegedly running an extortion racket from behind bars targeting victims of hijackings and car-theft. The two, from prisons in Soshanguve and Mamelodi West, are facing charges of extortion ... Read More

* Gideon Adams – who allegedly posed as an advocate and charged people tens of thousands of rands – has been charged with fraud. Adams appeared briefly in the Douglas Magistrate's Court and his case was postponed to 30 November for a ... Read More