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18 January 2018 Corruption & Governance Watch

Focus


Steinhoff scandal raises thorny issues

The Steinhoff accounting scandal has raised concern on a number of levels, from the quality of corporate governance to checks and balances in the investment management business and even race relations in SA, writes Legalbrief. Two separate articles on The ... Read More

South Africa


Public Protector calls for ‘broad’ state capture probe

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane yesterday (Wednesday) welcomed President Jacob Zuma’s decision to establish a commission of inquiry into state capture and encouraged him to ensure the terms of reference were ‘broad’. A report on the IoL site notes Mkhwebane also ... Read More

Sunday is D-Day for under-fire De Lille

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille’s fate will be decided on Sunday when the DA's top brass weighs up allegations against her. A News24 report says the chairperson of the DA's federal executive, James Selfe, has called on ... Read More

Hawks head accused of fraud cover-up

A case of defeating the ends of justice has been opened with the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) against Hawks national head Lieutenant-General Yolisa Matakata for her alleged interference in an ongoing fraud investigation into a misuse of funds at ... Read More

Analysis


Push to make corruption an international crime

Over the past decades, lawyers have grappled with the question of whether corruption should be considered an international crime, Human Sciences Research Council research director Mia Swart notes in an analysis on the BusinessLIVE site. Swart says one of the ... Read More

Rest of Africa


Grace Mugabe’s allies in anti-graft watchdog’s sights

Zimbabwe's anti-graft watchdog has reportedly denied reports that it is targeting former First Lady Grace Mugabe’s allies but it concedes that it is ‘following up on cases with proof provided to them’. The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) Investigative Committee ... Read More

Former Zimbabwe Ministers charged with graft

Zimbabwe's Former Foreign Minister Walter Mzembi and ex-Energy Minister Samuel Undenge have been charged with ‘criminal abuse of office’. A report on the EWN site notes that they both deny wrongdoing. Undenge is accused of issuing a $12 650 ... Read More

Angola’s state oil company probes Dos Santos

Angola’s state oil company has announced an investigation into ‘possible misappropriation’ of funds by Isabel dos Santos, daughter of the former President, during her time as the company’s CEO. A Mail & Guardian Online report notes several Angolan media outfits ... Read More

World


Businessman held in alleged Sarkozy graft scandal

British police have swooped on a French businessman who was allegedly involved in a multimillion-pound corruption scandal with former President Nicolas Sarkozy. Alexandre Djouhri (58) was taken into custody by armed officers at London Heathrow airport on Sunday. A Daily ... Read More

Vietnam state oil execs accused of corruption

Senior executives from Vietnam’s state oil company are standing trial in Hanoi in a crackdown on corruption in the country’s energy and banking sectors. A BBC News report says the 22 defendants include the ex-head of PetroVietnam Construction, Trinh Xuan ... Read More

Bulgarian President vetoes anti-corruption Bill

Bulgarian President Rumen Radev has vetoed an anti-corruption Bill passed in Parliament last month, saying it would not be effective. He argued that the Bill would not be independent and could be used to persecute political opponents, according to a ... Read More

Briefs


* Key Indian opposition leader Lalu Prasad Yadav was on Saturday jailed for three-and-a-half years over his role in a multimillion-dollar corruption case. Last month, the anti-corruption court found Yadav (69), a former Railways Minister, guilty of fraudulently withdrawing nearly $140 ... Read More

* Juan Ángel Napout, the former president of South American football’s governing body and José Maria Marin, the former president of Brazil’s football federation have both been found guilty of racketeering and wire fraud conspiracies following a five-week trial in New ... Read More