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‘We will not hesitate to

Publish date: 20 January 2020
Issue Number: 856
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: general

‘There is an orchestrated attack by the current government that is completely politically motivated; it’s completely unfounded. I can say my holdings are commercial, there are no proceeds from contracts or public contracts or money that has been deviated from other funds.’

– Angolan billionaire Isabel dos Santos on the complex financial schemes that helped her amass a fortune at vast cost to the Angolan state.


'Every time she appears on the cover of some glossy magazine somewhere in the world, every time that she hosts one of her glamorous parties in the south of France, she is doing so by trampling on the aspirations of the citizens of Angola.'

– Andrew Feinstein, the head of Corruption Watch, who says the documents show how Dos Santos exploited her country at the expense of ordinary Angolans.


‘We will not hesitate to teach a deserved lesson to the putschist Haftar if he continues his attacks on the country's legitimate administration and our brothers in Libya.'

– Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who slammed Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar for abandoning ceasefire talks in Moscow.


‘When you have unlimited access to funds to pay lawyers and when those lawyers are willing to do battle on your behalf (by challenging every adverse decision no matter how hopeless your case), you can win even while you keep on losing in court. It is not fair that the rich and powerful (people like Jacob Zuma and the Marcus Joostes of this world) are often able to fund endless procedural challenges to buy time and, perhaps, even to buy immunity from legal accountability.'

–  Constitutional law expert Pierre De Vos