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29 November 2023 Corruption & Governance Watch


NPA's skills challenges laid bare with Koko setback

After suffering another big blow this week in its fight against state capture, the NPA's Investigating Directorate (ID) has blamed the setbacks on the lack of specialised forensic personnel to help it unravel complex matters, notes Legalbrief. This after the Middelburg Specialised ... Read More

South Africa

Concern as MPs stick to early two-pot pension date

Parliament and Treasury are at odds over the two-pot retirement reform implementation date, reports the Daily Maverick. The much-lauded new system should be implemented from 1 March next year, Parliament’s Finance Committee motivated on Tuesday – in direct opposition to ... Read More

Preservation order lifted on Lottery-linked Rolls Royce

A preservation order on former National Lotteries Commission (NLC) board chair Alfred Nevhutanda’s R6.3m Rolls Royce Phantom has been lifted because the vehicle has fallen ‘into the hands of an innocent third party’, reports GroundUp. In September, after the ... Read More

Coronation bill expected to balloon with legal challenge

Coronation Fund Managers, which currently owes SARS R761m in disputed taxes, could see that liability grow further if a pending Constitutional Court case on the issue drags on, reports Fin24. When the Cape Town-headquartered asset manager released its interim results ... Read More


Idac a retrogressive step in countering corruption

Establishing an Investigating Directorate Against Corruption (Idac) is a retrogressive step that, in essence, winds back the clock to the time that the Scorpions unit was set up within the NPA by Penuell Maduna, writes Paul Hoffman on the Accountability ... Read More

Rest of Africa

Nigeria drops $1.1bn claim against Eni

Nigeria plans to withdraw civil claims totalling $1.1bn against Eni SpA, ending a long battle in Italian courts over allegations of corruption in an oil field deal. Punch reports the Ministry of Justice will waive the claims before Italy’s ... Read More

Nigeria punts regional framework to fight financial crimes

Nigeria on Monday called on the Action Group Against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA) to develop an institutional framework for the enforcement of financial crimes regulations in the sub-region, reports Premium Times. The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister ... Read More


$50m fine for Binance CEO after guilty plea agreement

Changpeng Zhao, founder of Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, agreed to resign from the company and plead guilty to money laundering this week. A report in The Guardian notes that as part of a guilty plea, Zhao agreed to ... Read More

Shakira pays over €7.3m to avoid fraud trial

Colombian pop star Shakira on Monday reached a settlement with prosecutors to avoid a trial in Barcelona over charges she failed to pay €14.5m in Spanish income tax between 2012 and 2014. As part of the deal, she accepted ... Read More

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