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10 August 2020 Corruption & Governance Watch

Focus


Growing anger over SA’s ‘covidpreneurs’

SA, which lurched away from a full-blown race war and survived an Aids tsunami and years of misrule, is now confronted with a near perfect storm as a global pandemic has resulted in a wave of corruption. Legalbrief reports that ... Read More

South Africa


Survival battle lines drawn for Mkhwebane

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane will battle in courts across the country over the next two months to defend some of her most politically-loaded and controversial reports – while simultaneously trying to halt any potential parliamentary inquiry into her fitness to ... Read More

Prasa exec on the ropes

Prasa has charged a senior executive with misconduct after she allegedly irregularly approved the purchase of train components worth R40m without putting it to tender. The Herald reports Prasa’s chief procurement officer Keabetswe Mpane is facing disciplinary action after signing ... Read More

Eskom tender cancelled over irregularities

Eskom has cancelled a R100m tender awarded to a company owned by Nomvula Mabuza, the niece of the utility’s former chairperson, Jabu Mabuza, after investigations flagged irregularities in the process leading to it being awarded. The Mail & Guardian reports ... Read More

Policy Watch


Tax amendment Bills out for comment

A draft Taxation Laws Amendment Bill and draft Tax Administration Laws Amendment Bill reflecting proposals made on 26 February in the 2020/21 Budget review have been released for public input, along with draft amendments to electronic services regulations issued ... Read More

New accounting standard out for comment

Proposals for revising the generally recognised accounting practice for employee benefits and its interpretation have been released for comment. With implications for all public entities, once in force the amendments envisaged are expected to ‘result in better information on defined ... Read More

Analyses


How anti-graft campaigns can backfire

Donors and civil society groups spend tens of millions of dollars every year trying to combat corruption because it is known to increase poverty and inequality while undermining trust in the government. In an analysis in The Conversation, Nic Cheeseman ... Read More

Leading forms of graft unpacked

Covid-19 and lack of access to finance have been flagged as major threats to small businesses in SA and are well publicised. However, in a News24 analysis, Mncedisi Xego, an SMME finance and development specialist, argues that corruption and bribery also ... Read More

Rest of Africa


Key ‘Fishrot’ suspect linked to flawed tender

New evidence suggests the Namibian Government has paid $637 000 on top of the $579 000 it has already paid a local company that developed an electronic document management system (EDMS) for the Attorney-General's office. An EDMS is a ... Read More

Ethiopia seeks to retrieve offshore loot

Ethiopia has announced it is implementing a 10-year plan intended to retrieve 60% of the government funds illegally stashed outside the country. A report on the allAfrica site notes that Attorney-General Adanech Abebie was addressing a workshop in Addis Ababa ... Read More

Namibian commission blocks mega merger

The Namibian Competition Commission has blocked the $87m sale of Ohorongo Cement to a Chinese company. The commission expressed concern that, if approved, it could lead to less competition in the industry and enable possible collusion and price fixing which ... Read More

World


Teen charged with hacking Twitter

A British teenager has been charged with hacking Twitter and stealing thousands of dollars worth of Bitcoin by taking over the accounts of celebrities and business leaders. The US Department of Justice (DoJ) charged Mason Sheppard, of Bognor Regis, with ... Read More

US tech bosses grilled in antitrust hearing

Top US tech bosses were told they have ‘too much power’, are censoring political speech, spreading fake news, and ‘killing’ the engines of the American economy, at a combative congressional hearing this week. A report in The Guardian notes that ... Read More

Spain's former king goes into exile over graft links

Spain’s former king Juan Carlos is to leave the country and go into exile abroad following a series of damaging allegations about his financial arrangements that have harmed the reputation of the monarchy and embarrassed his son, King Felipe. According ... Read More

Briefs


Couple jailed

* A former clerk at the SA Social Security Agency in the Eastern Cape and her boyfriend were sent to jail on Monday for defrauding the agency for R1.2m. The Mbizana Regional Court sentenced Nombuso Dlamini and Siyasanga Gqamane to ... Read More

Municipality addresses 'incorrect' report

* The Potchefstroom-based JB Marks Local Municipality has released a new version countering its initial Covid-19 coronavirus expenditure report, but not everyone is buying it. The municipality has changed its tune, saying its initial Covid-19 report which said that R750 was ... Read More

Director defies instruction

* Nelson Mandela Bay executive director Noxolo Nqwazi has defied an instruction from acting city manager Mvuleni Mapu to take leave amid what he said was a forensic probe into alleged fraud amounting to R6.8m. Nqwazi insists she is innocent ... Read More