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30 July 2021 Corruption & Governance Watch

Focus


SA-born sleuth probes Africrypt ‘hack’

The co-founder of SA Bitcoin investment firm Africrypt which allegedly fleeced billions of rands from investors is believed to be in Tanzania where court papers have been filed to oppose the company’s liquidation. At the same time, notes Legalbrief, law ... Read More

South Africa


More NLC rot exposed

The National Lotteries Commission (NLC) COO Philemon Letwaba has returned to work after a lengthy ‘leave of absence’. He went on ‘leave’ in February last year soon after the NLC’s board hired audit firm SkX to investigate alleged Lottery corruption ... Read More

Pretoria man sequestrated following messy divorce

The Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) has ordered the provisional sequestration of a man who owes more than R500 000 in maintenance arrears to his former wife. The Pretoria News reports that before they divorced in 2018, the court ordered Mr ... Read More

DA proposes Bills to set up Anti-Corruption Commission

The DA is to introduce proposed legislation to establish a Chapter Nine institution to investigate high-level corruption cases in both the public and private sectors. The DA worked with NPO Accountability Now on the proposal, says a News24 report. The ... Read More

Policy Watch


Customs, excise rules amended following unrest

Rules under the 1964 Customs & Excise Act affecting goods sorted and repacked when in transit through SA have been amended to provide for unforeseen interruptions ‘where goods are in danger of being unlawfully removed, damaged or destroyed’. In addition ... Read More

Revised banks’ exposure directive out for comment

Comment is sought on revised proposals for a directive to banks on ‘matters related to the requirements for measuring and controlling large exposures’. Prepared in the context of draft amendments to the banking regulations released in October 2020, the proposals ... Read More

Analysis


Why the public sector is the root cause of our woes

It's sophisticated public sector looting that we should be worried about, and long after the current unrest, it will still be continuing silently. In a Fin24 analysis, Unisa's Bafo Khanyeza notes that rampant corruption was itself the sub-climax ... Read More

Rest of Africa


Mozambique recovers stolen shipping containers

The Cabo Delgado provincial attorney's office has announced the recovery of another three containers of timber that had been exported illegally to China from Pemba. The three were among 76 containers stolen from the port in December 2020. Thanks ... Read More

Rwanda rejects Ramaphosa hacking claims

Rwanda has denied that it tapped Ramaphosa's smartphone. This after the Pegasus Project, a collaborative international investigative journalism project, uncovered a data leak of more than 50 000 numbers of individuals believed to be selected for cyber surveillance by ... Read More

Mauritius urged to release Wakashio crew

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) has joined other organisations in calling for the immediate release and repatriation of the Wakashio crew who have been held by Mauritian authorities for more than a year. ‘This week marks the one year ... Read More

World


UK sanctions top Mnangagwa aide

A year after the US imposed targeted sanctions against Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s wealthy adviser, the UK has followed suit. An asset freeze and imposed sanctions have been effected against Kudakwashe Tagwirei which prevent him from travelling to the UK ... Read More

‘Áltruistic’ solicitor avoids being struck off

An ‘altruistic’ solicitor who was referred to the regulator after a judge spotted signs of ‘clear incompetence’ in an immigration judicial review application has avoided strike-off, despite two dishonesty findings. According to a Law Gazette report, the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal ... Read More

Briefs


Ex-Hawks official dies

* A Hawks official who was charged with corruption alongside acting Deputy DPP Matric Luphondo has died. When the matter was called in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court last Friday, Luphondo and Kebone Masange, the head of the Mpumalanga Human Settlements ... Read More

Director convicted for PAYE fraud

* A company and its director have been convicted for pay-as-you-earn (PAYE) fraud for claiming a false PAYE credit of R5.7m. This after an investigation by SARS auditors found that the false PAYE credit was submitted to nullify a tax ... Read More

Probe into Diko concluded

* The disciplinary process involving President Cyril Ramaphosa's spokesperson Khusela Diko has been concluded, acting Presidency spokesperson Tyrone Seale said. Diko has been on special leave for more than a year since a conflict of interest in relation to PPE ... Read More

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