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20 October 2017 Corruption & Governance Watch

Focus


State capture probe told of Eskom ‘fixer team’

The heat is on for the Guptas, with more senior people at Eskom pointing fingers at the family, President Jacob Zuma and Cabinet Ministers allegedly involved in state capture, notes a Cape Times report. It says former Eskom chief executive ... Read More

South Africa


Eastern Cape municipality in major graft scandal

Papers before the Eastern Cape High Court (Grahamstown) have blown wide open the extent of corruption at Mnquma municipality which, an audit report suggests, has been fleeced of tens of millions of rands by politicians, officials and businesspeople, says a ... Read More

Eskom oil deals flow to Minister’s lover’s firm

Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown’s long-time lover and a close associate scored lucrative oil tenders from Eskom despite having no expertise in the industry, says a Sunday Times report. E Smart Solutions, owned by Brown’s partner, Ingrid Tufvesson ... Read More

Fraudsters collude to fleece RAF

The Road Accident Fund is being targeted by fraudsters who are said to be colluding with corrupt police officers and the organisation’s employees in order to get their hands on payouts, says a report in The Star. It adds ... Read More

Analysis


Where to from here for Zuma?

Where to from here for President Jacob Zuma? Legalbrief reports that this is the question being asked as the media continued to examine Zuma’s options in the wake of last week's SCA judgment on the reinstatement of long-standing ... Read More

Rest of Africa


How African leaders are siphoning off billions

A new report based on the Panama Papers reveals how Africa’s politicians, generals and business leaders are systematically siphoning off billions of dollars and parking the money offshore, according to a Deutsche Welle report carried on the allAfrica site ... Read More

Nigerian jailed in US over $1.3m Internet scam

Prosecutors say a Nigerian man living in Texas must serve three years in prison after being convicted of a $1.3m Internet scam. Wiseman Oputa had pleaded guilty to wire fraud in April. Investigators say he used counterfeit passports to ... Read More

Kenyan businessman raided

Police and detectives have raided Nairobi businessman Jimi Wanjigi's three sprawling properties. The raid, which started on Monday, saw crime fighters carrying heavy equipment, including sledge hammers, into one of the houses. Wanjigi became a key financier and strategist ... Read More

World


UK MPs warn over online VAT fraud

Amazon and eBay are profiting from sellers who defraud UK taxpayers by failing to charge VAT, according to a report by MPs. The report estimates up to £1.5bn has been lost from third-party sellers on online marketplaces not charging ... Read More

US charges mining bosses with fraud

British-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto and two of its former executives have been charged with fraud in the US, accused of hiding losses by inflating the value of African coal assets. It bought the Mozambique assets in 2011 for $3 ... Read More

Brazil meat moguls accused of insider trading

A federal court in Brazil has confirmed that brothers Joesley and Wesley Batista, who are the controlling shareholders in Brazil's largest meatpacking firm JBS, will face trial for alleged insider trading. A BBC News report says they are accused ... Read More

Briefs


* A suspected fraudster who has apparently evaded arrest for years was arrested in Milnerton, Cape Town, yesterday (Wednesday). Private investigator Chad Thomas said his firm had considered the suspect as its ‘most wanted’ in connection with fraud cases totalling about ... Read More

* The fraud and money laundering trial involving former Eastern Province Rugby boss, Cheeky Watson and his three co-accused will begin in July next year. Watson, Nadia Gerwel, a former assistant director in the metro’s finance department, Zeranza director Andrea ... Read More