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21 September 2021 Corruption & Governance Watch


Rogue lawyers on the ropes

With one shining exception, it’s been a rough month for South African lawyers at home and abroad. A year after his death, the main square of Vasilitsi in Greece has been named after George Bizos. The prominent lawyer was born ... Read More

South Africa

Anti-graft hotline cases soar

At least 337 cases of alleged corruption within government were reported to the National Anti-Corruption Hotline in the first quarter of the 2021/2022 financial year. A report on the News24 site notes that 66% of those cases were referred ... Read More

Steinhoff seeks to have liquidation ruling set aside

Steinhoff, the global retailer at the heart of SA’s biggest corporate fraud, will ask the Constitutional Court to set aside a ruling that an application to have it liquidated can be heard in SA. Business Day notes a successful liquidation ... Read More

Couple convicted for fraudulent holiday scheme

A Durban couple has been found guilty of defrauding people of R1.2m through a holiday scam. The Durban Magistrate’s Court last week convicted Megasen Chetty and Sarasvathi Pillay of 18 counts of fraud. A report on the IoL site ... Read More

Policy Watch

New operational risk AMA guidelines out for comment

Input is sought on draft supervisory guidelines for banks using the ‘advanced measurement approach’ to operational risk. Released Tuesday, once finalised they will replace the 2013 guidance note, reports Policy Watch. Prepared by the Prudential Authority, their purpose is ‘to ... Read More

Standard proposed for insurance function outsourcing

The Financial Sector Conduct and Prudential Authorities have called for input on a draft standard proposing the minimum requirements to be met by an insurer when outsourcing material business functions or activities to third-party service providers. Policy Watch reports that ... Read More


Rogue oil trader implicates former colleagues

When Anthony Stimler left Glencore in August 2019, he had spent 12 years paying millions in bribes to African officials and intermediaries. And he began to help a US Justice Department investigation into the company and numerous former colleagues. A ... Read More

Secure corruption body with muscle needed

‘The causes of the rioting in KZN and Gauteng may well be attributed eventually to the desire of the corrupt that their impunity continue indefinitely. Insurrection is disruptive of the rule of law and the smooth functioning of the criminal ... Read More

Rest of Africa

Lesotho trials in limbo as Abrahams quits

Former NPA boss Shaun Abrahams has resigned as Lesotho’s top prosecutor over a lack of pay. His resignation puts the high-profile trials he has been prosecuting in serious limbo. Legalbrief reports that the advocate in 2018 left his position as ... Read More

Murder suspect sued over missing investor funds

A former venture capital tycoon who has been charged with murder in Namibia is being sued in the UK over the disappearance of almost R1.3bn in investor funds. Harvey Boulter is awaiting trial in Namibia for murder over allegations ... Read More

Namibian prosecutor slams Icelandic graft suspects

Prosecutor-General Martha Imalwa has questioned the motives of Icelanders facing criminal charges in the Fishrot bribery case in Namibia. Imalwa has filed an affidavit raising concerns that former Samherji executive Ingvar Júlíusson's request to have her and whistle-blower Jóhannes ... Read More


Dubai opens court to hear money laundering cases

Dubai has established a specialist criminal court dealing with money laundering cases, the Emirate’s Court Service has announced. According to an report, the new court will sit within the Court of First Instance and Court of Appeal, and ... Read More

High-flying lawyer jailed for fraud

A lawyer who defrauded two employers of more than £600 000 has been jailed for a total of seven and a half years. According to a Law Gazette report, Joshua Brien was found guilty at Southwark Crown Court of three ... Read More

Lord Chancellor flags 'weak' corporate liability law

The Lord Chancellor has called for stronger laws against companies that facilitate economic crime – but said that firms should not face an ‘undue burden of compliance’. According to a Law Gazette report, speaking at the International Symposium of Economic ... Read More


Dirco DG fired over New York land fiasco

* International Relations & Co-operation DG Kgabo Mahoai has been fired. In a statement, the department said the decision followed the conclusion of a disciplinary case against him. ‘Mahoai faced charges related to irregular expenditure incurred by the department on an ... Read More

Order granted in police corruption case

* The Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) has granted the Investigating Directorate a restraining order involving R2.3m linked to a corruption case involving a police IT head and others. The order was obtained against SAPS technology management service head Lieutenant-General Adeline ... Read More

Price gouging prevented – commission

* The Competition Commission has said it has prevented widespread price gouging since the outbreak of Covid-19 and has settled more than 30 cases since March. The commission’s Qhawe Mahlalela said an impact study by the commission found that 54% of ... Read More

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