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22 February 2017 Corruption & Governance Watch

Focus


Banks probed over alleged collusion

Questions have been raised about the timing of the announcement that the Competition Commission is investigating a number of local and international banks for collusion, writes Legalbrief. The Competition Commission said yesterday (Wednesday) it had referred a collusion case to ... Read More

South Africa


ANC and corruption one and the same, says DA

While President Jacob Zuma used his State of the Nation Address last week to highlight the government’s successes in the fight against corruption, the DA used its time during the reply to the debate this week to paint the ... Read More

Damning report on Eskom published

The unsanitised version of one of the earliest versions of the Dentons report into the goings-on at Eskom has been published by the Financial Mail which notes SA’s electricity parastatal has stymied all requests for the report for two ... Read More

Report highlights rot at KZN medical school

The rot at the University of KZN’s medical school is revealed in a damning report that probed allegations related to the sale of sought-after places. A Weekend Argus report says the report into allegations of bribery and corruption, compiled ... Read More

Analyses


The rise of the Gupta empire

The rise of the Gupta family empire is traced in an opinion piece on the BusinessLIVE site. Yunus Momoniat notes that the family had already established a power base when it shot to national prominence in April 2013 after organising ... Read More

Private prosecution and the battle against corruption

AfriForum has made legal history by launching the country’s first dedicated private prosecutions unit to be headed by former state prosecutor Gerrie Nel, notes North-West University’s Chantelle Feldhaus and René Koraan, in an analysis on The Conversation site ... Read More

Rest of Africa


New Somali President vows to crack down on graft

Somalia’s newly elected President, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, has vowed to crack down on corruption, notes a report on the News24 site. The US said it regretted the numerous reports of electoral fraud, but urged Mohamed (55), who goes by ... Read More

World


Drug cheat cyclist Armstrong to face $100m lawsuit

A federal judge this week refused to block the US Government’s $100m lawsuit against Lance Armstrong, putting the former cycling champion on course for trial in a 2010 case stemming from his performance-enhancing drug use, notes a report in ... Read More

Samsung chief quizzed again over bribery claims

Samsung chief Lee Jae-yong has been questioned for a second time as a suspect in South Korea’s biggest political corruption scandal. Prosecutors are expected to decide based on the hearing whether they will seek an arrest warrant for Lee ... Read More

Romanian Minister quits over corruption law

Romanian Justice Minister Florin Iordache has resigned, after a government decree to reduce penalties for corruption triggered mass protests. But Iordache, who had drawn up the Bill, insisted that ‘all that I've done was legal’, according to a BBC ... Read More

Briefs


* Former police spin doctor Vincent Mdunge was dealt a blow in the KZN High Court (Pietermaritzburg) when his appeal against his five-year prison term for forging a matric certificate was dismissed this week. Mdunge‚ then a colonel‚ was found guilty ... Read More

* UK fraudster David Coombs, who pretended to be a wealthy businessman, has been jailed for four years for conning money from women he met through dating websites. Read More