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21 July 2018 Corruption & Governance Watch

Focus


ANC heist accused linked to farm-for-friends scandal

A startling feature of the police crackdown on the scourge of cash-in-transit heists is the profile of some of the suspects arrested – among them at least two Tshwane metro policewomen, a former military marksman from Zimbabwe and a long-standing ... Read More

South Africa


Lifestyle audits to lift lid on state looting

Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has said a decade of conduct was coming under the microscope in lifestyle audits probing government and state-owned enterprise heavyweights active from 2009 to 2019. According to a Fin24 report, he said the audits were ... Read More

Parliament urges Hawks to probe VBS

Parliament has urged the Hawks to investigate alleged corruption at VBS Bank and report back to it when it resumes its sitting next month, says a TimesLIVE report. Police Committee chairperson Francois Beukman said that white-collar crime in the finance ... Read More

King’s reed dance venue could cost R1bn

An unfinished reed dance venue initiated by King Goodwill Zwelithini that has been plagued by cost overruns will end up with a price tag of R1bn if completed, the Sunday Times reports. It notes the Department of Arts and Culture ... Read More

Policy Watch


Legislation: ‘New deal’ Competition Bill targets market structure

The Competition Amendment Bill recently tabled in Parliament was described yesterday by Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel as ‘a new deal for economic transformation and inclusion’ (eNCA). According to the Minister, in targeting ‘the structure of markets’ the Bill is ‘essentially about ... Read More

General: State capture inquiry rules gazetted

The rules for proceedings during the judicial commission of inquiry into allegations of state capture were gazetted on Friday, reports Pam Saxby for Legalbrief Policy Watch. According to the accompanying notice, this is noting that the inquiry regulations published in February and subsequently amended confer on ... Read More

Legislation: Abuse of tender deviation regulations continues

National Treasury has expressed concern about the widespread abuse of regulations allowing accounting officers in government departments and state-owned entities to deviate from normal tender processes when procuring goods or services in certain circumstances (Fin24). Regulation 16A6.4 of 2005 provides that ... Read More

Analysis


Praise for heroes in pushback against state capture

Several government posts were critical to securing the capture of the state by the Zuma/Gupta conspiracy, Corruption Watch executive director David Lewis writes in a Sunday Times analysis in which he salutes the heroes in the fight against corruption ... Read More

Rest of Africa


Teacher jailed for 5 years for selling exam papers

A headmaster in Dakar, Senegal, has been given a five-year prison sentence and another has been fined $32 000 for selling exam papers, notes a BBC News report. French, English, history and geography baccalaureate tests had to be scrapped last ... Read More

Buhari in call to support ICC in graft fight

Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari has called on the 123 States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to support the ICC with jurisdiction over serious cases of corruption and illicit financial flows by state actors. According ... Read More

World


Google slapped with $5bn fine over Android

Google has been fined a record $5bn over Android. A BBC News report says the European Commission said the firm had used the mobile operating system to illegally ‘cement its dominant position’ in search. The firm's parent Alphabet has ... Read More

Judges accused of £12.6m legal aid scam

The prosecution of three UK judges for an alleged £12.6m legal aid scam was branded a 'racist witch-hunt' by one of their fellow defendants, the Daily Mail reports. The judges – among them Immigration Judge Kareena Maciel – and ... Read More

Spain's ex-king accused of money laundering

A bombshell recording of Juan Carlos’ former mistress claiming he was involved in money laundering has sparked calls for an investigation, notes a report on the Daily Mail site. The former Spanish king, who abdicated in 2014 after controversies, was ... Read More