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23 August 2017 Corruption & Governance Watch

Focus


Presidential hopefuls speak out against state capture

The front-runners for leadership of the ANC are making a stand against corruption, writes Legalbrief. ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa says the party can no longer afford to ignore the mounting evidence on state capture. Business Day reports that he ... Read More

South Africa


KPMG suspends partners linked to Gupta work

Auditing firm KPMG SA has suspended its lead audit engagement partner and is relieving two other partners of their board and executive positions, pending the outcome of a review of the work the company did for Gupta-linked companies, reports Business ... Read More

NPA denies failing to probe #GuptaLeaks

The NPA has denied reports that it will not accept leaked e-mails as evidence against President Jacob Zuma’s allies in its probe of alleged corruption and state capture. According to Business Day, weekend reports said that two senior prosecutors ... Read More

Analysis


KPMG addresses Gupta saga

In updating the public on the steps taken by KPMG to address the firm’s ongoing Gupta problem, CEO Trevor Hoole last week said: ‘From the outset we have taken these allegations extremely seriously.’ But, says a Daily Maverick report ... Read More

Rest of Africa


Malawian public servants fired over graft scandal

Malawi has fired 68 public servants for allegedly embezzling $2m in public funds, as the country tries to crack down on corruption that has resulted in donors withdrawing support. Business Day reports that employees at the Agricultural Ministry have been ... Read More

Israeli police detain tycoon over Guinea scam

Israeli police have detained Israeli billionaire Beny Steinmetz and four other suspects for questioning in a fraud investigation, says a Jerusalem Post report. The authorities put Steinmetz under house arrest last December, releasing him two weeks later without charge. They ... Read More

Ethiopia in anti-graft drive

A court in Ethiopia has ordered the freezing of assets belonging to individuals and entities listed in a recent anti-corruption crackdown. According to an Africa News report, 210 individuals had their properties frozen along with 15 companies all linked to ... Read More

World


Sarkozy drawn into Qatar World Cup bid probe

Allegations that French President Nicolas Sarkozy could be embroiled in a criminal investigation relating to Qatar’s World Cup bid, have placed Fifa’s controversial decision to award the 2022 event to the Gulf state under renewed scrutiny. The National ... Read More

Sri Lankan Minister implicated in financial scandal resigns

Sri Lanka Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake resigned on live television after revelations that he had financial dealings with a businessman who is being investigated by a presidential commission on questionable treasury bond dealings. According to Business Report, Karunanayake denied the ... Read More

Governor flees Basra over graft allegations

The governor of the oil city of Basra has stepped down and fled to Iran after Iraq's anti-corruption body began investigating graft allegations against him, says a US News report. Majid al-Nasrawi is the highest ranking public figure to ... Read More

Briefs


* The DA’s federal executive committee has suspended councillor Sharon Peetz from party activities pending the outcome of an investigation by the Johannesburg metro’s ethics committee. Mayor Herman Mashaba fired Peetz from his mayoral council after she allegedly falsified ... Read More

* A volunteer working at the City of Johannesburg’s Ivory Park Housing Department offices has been arrested for illegally selling council stands and RDP houses. Joburg mayor Herman Mashaba said the arrest of the suspect follows an investigation by the ... Read More

* A couple in Cape Town has been arrested for allegedly submitting false claims to the SA Revenue Services between 2007 and 2009, the Hawks said. The couple will appear in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court next month. Read More