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19 September 2018 Corruption & Governance Watch


There is no state capture – Zuma

In the wake of startling evidence at the Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture of how corruption and abuse cost the state billions of rand, former President Jacob Zuma has told students: ‘There is no state that is captured ... Read More

South Africa

Lifestyle audits ‘going to happen’ – Ramaphosa

President Cyril Ramaphosa told the National Council of Provinces on Tuesday that a framework for the lifestyles audits of top government officials he promised during his State of the Nation Address this year would be ready by the end of ... Read More

Top Treasury officials clash over R3bn contract

Senior National Treasury executives are at war as one bureaucrat has sanctioned a controversial R3bn contract which two of her colleagues have rejected, according to City Press. The newspaper says documents in its possession indicate that in May, Treasury’s acting ... Read More

Report Bosasa allegations – Mabuza

People alleging impropriety on behalf of facility management company Bosasa should report them to authorities, Deputy President David Mabuza said in Parliament yesterday (Wednesday). A News24 report notes Mabuza, answering questions in the National Assembly, was responding to DA Chief ... Read More


How the Gupta cash machine was funded

How the Gupta media empire scored about R260m from the government was revealed this week at the Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture, writes Legalbrief. Treasury official Jan Gilliland’s tracking of electronic government ledgers showed the payments to Gupta-linked ... Read More

Rest of Africa

Zimbabwe’s ex-Finance Minister faces graft probe

Former Finance Minister Tendai Biti is being investigated by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) for allegedly instructing the National Social Security Authority (NSSA) to deposit more than $30m into two banks which have since collapsed. The Herald reports that the ... Read More

MTN fights R30.2bn Nigeria tax claim

The Nigerian Attorney-General’s office exceeded its powers when it demanded the MTN Group pay R30.2bn in back taxes, the mobile-phone company said. MTN this week said it was confident a multibillion-dollar dispute with the Nigerian Government would be resolved ... Read More


EU mulls new powers to tackle money flows

Brussels will seek to give EU agencies more muscle to crack down on money laundering and terrorist financing in the wake of high-profile scandals that have shone a light on Europe’s deficiencies in tackling criminal cross-border money flows. A Financial ... Read More

Cleaner jailed for stealing relief funds

A cleaner who stole £53 000-worth of emergency relief intended for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire has been jailed. According to a report in The Independent, Antonio Gouveia stayed in a £155-per-night central London hotel for 289 days ... Read More

Fake lawyer jailed for fraud

An unqualified woman who posed as a barrister, solicitor and UK Home Office official to progress immigration applications has been jailed for five years, notes a Law Gazette report. It says Harvinder Kaur Thethi (46) was found guilty of six ... Read More


* The trial of Yvonne Reece, accused of siphoning more than R8m from a Durban company, was postponed after her lawyer asked for a specialist psychiatrist report to be completed. Reece is facing 42 counts of fraud, alternatively theft, relating to ... Read More

* A Rural Development and Land Reform Department official has been sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment for fraud and two counts of theft, the NPA said on Tuesday. NPA spokesperson Natasha Kara said on Monday, 53-year-old Patrick Bhekumuzi Masoka (53) was ... Read More

* A police sergeant has appeared in the Port St John’s Magistrate’s Court on 14 counts of fraud amounting to R42 000. He was granted bail of R1 500 and is expected back in court on 12 November. Read More