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20 August 2019 Corruption & Governance Watch


South Africa

Mkhwebane slams Ramaphosa over illegality insinuation

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane and President Cyril Ramaphosa continue to trade blows ahead of his challenge to her finding in the Bosasa funding matter. Yesterday the Public Protector filed the full record of documents that led to her adverse report ... Read More

Commission wraps up, but keeps door open

The PIC Commission of Inquiry has concluded its public hearings into alleged impropriety at the state asset manager and will now prepare its final report for submission to President Cyril Ramaphosa on 31 October, says a Fin24 report. Commission chair ... Read More


Closing the net on cross-border fugitives

Several significant cross-border graft cases have highlighted the growing importance of authorities in different regions working together to boost the chances of securing successful convictions. Legalbrief reports that different laws and extradition treaties often delay the delivery of justice, but ... Read More

Where the Constitutional Court went wrong

If one ‘sifts through the mountain of verbiage’ in the judgment in Public Protector v South African Reserve Bank and contrast that with a dissenting opinion by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, it would appear that the majority of the justices ... Read More

Dramatic medical aid changes on the cards

The revised National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill published last week shows that there is little space for medical aid schemes as we currently know them in SA. While Health Minister Zweli Mkhize had previously hinted that medical schemes would play ... Read More

Rest of Africa

Mozambique criminalises digital snooping

MPs in Mozambique have revised the country’s penal code to criminalise digital snooping. In effect, anyone who now gains access to phones, computers or other gadgets belonging to a third party without permission will face up to two years in ... Read More

Tanzania revokes lucrative hunting permit

Tanzania has revoked a hunting permit for Abu Dhabi-based Green Mile Safari, which runs safari hunting operations around Lake Natron, for alleged violation of game hunting rules. The firm is linked to the UAE’s ruling family. Natural Resources and Tourism ... Read More

Air Namibia faces closure

Namibia’s Public Enterprises Minister Leon Jooste and other government officials are negotiating Air Namibia's exit from aircraft lease agreements in the US. The move indicates the imminent closure of the national airline, which could cost the government around $166m ... Read More


Israeli billionaire charged over Guinea bribery case

Israeli billionaire Beny Steinmetz and two associates are to stand trial for allegedly bribing Guinean officials to win mining licences, Swiss prosecutors confirmed yesterday. The trio allegedly paid $10m to one of the wives of former Guinean President Lansana Conte ... Read More


Investor in the dock

* A former investor accused of defrauding pensioners of millions of rands will finally have his day in court five years after his alleged victims opened cases against him. Robert Gourrege made a brief appearance in the Specialised Commercial Crime Court ... Read More

CFO in court

* The CFO of the Limpopo Department of Agriculture & Rural Development in Polokwane, Lucy Manana Seabi, and her alleged accomplice, Mninikhanya Qwabaza, appeared before the Polokwane Magistrate's Court for fraud and corruption last week in connection with a R1 ... Read More

SARS probes commissioner

* A former Department of Correctional Services regional commissioner in East London is under investigation by SARS for allegedly receiving bribes worth R1.2m from African Global Operations, formerly Bosasa. Nontsikelelo Jolingana was the regional commissioner when African Global subsidiary companies ... Read More