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20 November 2019 Corruption & Governance Watch


Flames lick media group’s ‘paper tiger’

Shortly after Nelson Mandela breathed his last, the presses began rumbling and churning out copies of the Cape Times. It was an edition which shredded a once-proud newspaper and sent shock waves across the country’s battered Sekunjalo Independent Media (SIM ... Read More

South Africa

Watson's nephew targets Agrizzi

Jared Watson, the nephew of late Bosasa boss Gavin Watson, has laid criminal charges against former COO Angelo Agrizzi and CFO Andries van Tonder. The charges include theft, fraud and money laundering to the tune of over R37.5m. Speaking ... Read More

Mkhwebane threat to SARS boss revealed

SARS Commissioner Edward Kieswetter says he was forced to take Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane to court after she threatened to lay criminal charges against him if he did not hand over former President Jacob Zuma’s tax records. ‘Her threat is ... Read More

Mdluli denies looting slush fund

Former Crime Intelligence boss Richard Mdluli has denied allegations he was involved in the looting of millions from the division’s secret slush fund, says a TimesLIVE report. Speaking on the sidelines of his criminal court case in the Gauteng High ... Read More

Policy Watch

Legislation: LPC amends financial reporting rule

The Legal Practice Council has amended Rule 54.7, in terms of which international financial reporting standards were made the only financial reporting framework deemed acceptable for legal practitioners. Gazetted on Friday, the amendment allows legal practitioners to use any ... Read More


Lack of transparency bedevils commission

With the focus on State Capture, the National Lotteries Commission should be more sensitive to the desire for accountability and transparency. In a Daily Maverick analysis, Shelagh Gastrow notes that there have been numerous reports on the National Lottery over ... Read More

Will Jiba ever be held accountable?

While the former deputy head of the NPA, Advocate Nomgcobo Jiba, has been seen by many as largely responsible for what happened at the NPA during former President Jacob Zuma’s years, there are many others accused of allowing corruption on ... Read More

Rest of Africa

Zimbabwean airline sues over loan repayment

The Infrastructure Development Bank of Zimbabwe (IDBZ) has been dragged to court by Southend Cargo Airlines and its directors, Steven and Patience Fadzai Chituku, who claim the bank collected more money than they owed it. New Zimbabwe reports that the ... Read More

Concerns over Nigeria's rushed tax Bill

Nigerian Senators have passed a tax Bill that they have not seen and have not been fully briefed on. The Senate's approval marks the second in a series of legislative and executive steps to pass the Bill which was ... Read More

Namibian Ministers resign over graft scandal

Two Namibian Ministers have resigned following a Wikileaks report exposing alleged corruption in the fishing industry. Iceland-based multinational fishing company Samherji is suspected of bribing senior Namibian officials for continued access to the country's shores, the Wikileaks' documents reveal ... Read More


Trump went to wrong court on tax issue

The US District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed President Donald Trump’s lawsuit against New York officials because the DC court lacked personal jurisdiction over the New York officials, notes a Jurist report. Judge Nichols determined that the lawsuit ... Read More

Russia seeks to lift CAR diamond embargo

Russia says it backs lifting an embargo on diamond exports from the CAR ahead of a global meeting to regulate the gem trade. A report on the News24 site notes that it has made moves to strengthen its influence in ... Read More

Brazil’s former President free after Supreme Court ruling

Brazil’s former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has been released from prison where he was serving a 12-year corruption sentence, after a Supreme Court ruling that delighted his supporters and infuriated followers of the far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, says ... Read More


Couple in court on fraud charges

* Fraud accused estate agent Nomsa Masiza and her husband Phillip appeared briefly in the Port Elizabeth Commercial Crimes Court, where the pair face fraud and theft charges in two different cases. Nomsa, who runs her own estate agency, Khulile Properties ... Read More

'Advocate' snared

* A woman who allegedly posed as an advocate and was appointed a Master of the High Court in Mpumalanga, appeared in the Mpumalanga Magistrate's Court on Friday for fraud and corruption after it was discovered that she and her ... Read More

Council head fingered

* The head of the Black Business Council (BBC) – embroiled in an almost R6m theft case – has made a last-ditch attempt to avoid trial. The Starreports Danisa Baloyi – who was also chairperson of the Gauteng Tender Board – ... Read More