Growing anger over SA’s ‘covidpreneurs’
SA, which lurched away from a full-blown race war and survived an Aids tsunami and years of misrule, is now confronted with a near perfect storm as a global pandemic has resulted in a wave of corruption. Legalbrief reports that ...
Survival battle lines drawn for Mkhwebane
Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane will battle in courts across the country over the next two months to defend some of her most politically-loaded and controversial reports – while simultaneously trying to halt any potential parliamentary inquiry into her fitness to ...
Prasa exec on the ropes
Prasa has charged a senior executive with misconduct after she allegedly irregularly approved the purchase of train components worth R40m without putting it to tender. The Herald reports Prasa’s chief procurement officer Keabetswe Mpane is facing disciplinary action after signing ...
Eskom tender cancelled over irregularities
Eskom has cancelled a R100m tender awarded to a company owned by Nomvula Mabuza, the niece of the utility’s former chairperson, Jabu Mabuza, after investigations flagged irregularities in the process leading to it being awarded. The Mail & Guardian reports ...
Mboweni extends term of PIC board
Irregular R140m Gauteng contract terminated
Security companies allegedly spying on Sekunjalo
Clean audit for WC Cabinet
Eskom seeks R3.8bn from alleged Gupta conspirators
Hijacking syndicate terrorises KZN community
Eight-judge tribunal targets state crooks' pensions
Liquidation scam claims emerge in defamation case
Economic role of SOEs questioned
Unravelling the great ‘asbestos heist’
Porritt bail bid gets short shrift
Tax amendment Bills out for comment
A draft Taxation Laws Amendment Bill and draft Tax Administration Laws Amendment Bill reflecting proposals made on 26 February in the 2020/21 Budget review have been released for public input, along with draft amendments to electronic services regulations issued ...
New accounting standard out for comment
Proposals for revising the generally recognised accounting practice for employee benefits and its interpretation have been released for comment. With implications for all public entities, once in force the amendments envisaged are expected to ‘result in better information on defined ...
How anti-graft campaigns can backfire
Donors and civil society groups spend tens of millions of dollars every year trying to combat corruption because it is known to increase poverty and inequality while undermining trust in the government. In an analysis in The Conversation, Nic Cheeseman ...
Leading forms of graft unpacked
Covid-19 and lack of access to finance have been flagged as major threats to small businesses in SA and are well publicised. However, in a News24 analysis, Mncedisi Xego, an SMME finance and development specialist, argues that corruption and bribery also ...
Rest of Africa
Key ‘Fishrot’ suspect linked to flawed tender
New evidence suggests the Namibian Government has paid $637 000 on top of the $579 000 it has already paid a local company that developed an electronic document management system (EDMS) for the Attorney-General's office. An EDMS is a ...
Ethiopia seeks to retrieve offshore loot
Ethiopia has announced it is implementing a 10-year plan intended to retrieve 60% of the government funds illegally stashed outside the country. A report on the allAfrica site notes that Attorney-General Adanech Abebie was addressing a workshop in Addis Ababa ...
Namibian commission blocks mega merger
The Namibian Competition Commission has blocked the $87m sale of Ohorongo Cement to a Chinese company. The commission expressed concern that, if approved, it could lead to less competition in the industry and enable possible collusion and price fixing which ...
US targets Zimbabwean businessman
Teen charged with hacking Twitter
A British teenager has been charged with hacking Twitter and stealing thousands of dollars worth of Bitcoin by taking over the accounts of celebrities and business leaders. The US Department of Justice (DoJ) charged Mason Sheppard, of Bognor Regis, with ...
US tech bosses grilled in antitrust hearing
Top US tech bosses were told they have ‘too much power’, are censoring political speech, spreading fake news, and ‘killing’ the engines of the American economy, at a combative congressional hearing this week. A report in The Guardian notes that ...
Spain's former king goes into exile over graft links
Spain’s former king Juan Carlos is to leave the country and go into exile abroad following a series of damaging allegations about his financial arrangements that have harmed the reputation of the monarchy and embarrassed his son, King Felipe. According ...
PM denies promoting family's financial interests
UK MPs question 'fairness' of remote hearings
Germany mulls 'weak' business compliance law
* A former clerk at the SA Social Security Agency in the Eastern Cape and her boyfriend were sent to jail on Monday for defrauding the agency for R1.2m. The Mbizana Regional Court sentenced Nombuso Dlamini and Siyasanga Gqamane to ...
Municipality addresses 'incorrect' report
* The Potchefstroom-based JB Marks Local Municipality has released a new version countering its initial Covid-19 coronavirus expenditure report, but not everyone is buying it. The municipality has changed its tune, saying its initial Covid-19 report which said that R750 was ...
Director defies instruction
* Nelson Mandela Bay executive director Noxolo Nqwazi has defied an instruction from acting city manager Mvuleni Mapu to take leave amid what he said was a forensic probe into alleged fraud amounting to R6.8m. Nqwazi insists she is innocent ...
Preservation orders obtained
Sassa officials in court
Concerns over health service contract
Voice clip leaked