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26 January 2020 Corruption & Governance Watch

Focus


How Harrismith bucked the trend

  ‘When the well is dry, we’ll know the worth of water.’  – Benjamin Franklin While SA’s heaving parastatals – particularly Eskom and SAA – continue to dominate the state capture narrative, small mismanaged municipalities across the land are ... Read More

South Africa


Mrwebi got ANC pair off the hook – auditor

Parts of forensic auditor Trevor White’s final day on the witness stand before the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture yesterday focused on how charges against top KZN ANC officials Peggy Nkonyane and Mike Mabuyakhulu were dismissed, despite there ... Read More

End of the road for Tiso Blackstar director

The financial director of Tiso Blackstar, Sheenagh Grota, has tendered her resignation, the board announced on Monday. A Fin24 report notes that while Grota has been with the company for a decade, according to the board, her appointment as financial ... Read More

Policy Watch


Analysis


NPA boss flags ‘impossibly long’ challenges

There are numerous people who turned a blind eye or enabled the deterioration and destruction of state institutions, the head of the NPA’s investigative directorate has claimed ‘The challenge we face is that our list of potential accused is very ... Read More

Rest of Africa


Tanzania addresses multinational mining dispute

The Tanzanian Government says it is still negotiating with Barrick Gold Corporation over a disputed contract. The Citizen reports that the two parties last year signed a deal to settle a long-running tax dispute with the now defunct Barrick subsidiary ... Read More

Axed Kenyan official grilled over $17.8m payment

Kenya’s sacked Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri has been grilled by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) in an ongoing investigation into an alleged illegal payment of $17.8m for maize supply. The Standard reports that the funds were withdrawn ... Read More

World


Teachers follow judges in pensions dispute challenge

A human rights firm that successfully defeated the government in a pensions dispute involving more than 200 judges is now advising hundreds of teachers in a similar challenge. According to a Law Gazette report, Leigh Day is representing 300 teachers ... Read More

UK monitors pension fund transfers

Pension providers in the UK will be required to review the pay slips and bank statements of members seeking to transfer their money to other schemes under new regulations that are planned to combat fraud. According to an Out-Law.com ... Read More

Briefs


Athletics official in the dock

* Western Cape Athletics Association finance officer Allen Barnes appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court on Monday to face fraud charges involving at least R250 000, two weeks after he reportedly went missing. He was granted bail of R5 ... Read More

Moody's downgrades debt

* Credit ratings agency Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded debt issued by the Land Bank by one notch to Ba1, putting it in junk territory. The Land Bank has been on review for a rating decision since November. Moody’s said the ... Read More