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02 June 2020 Corruption & Governance Watch

Focus


Pandemic fuels corruption threat

There is bitter irony in the fact that the early positive signs of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s ‘New Dawn’ have been all but obliterated by a pandemic that caught most of the world off-guard. Legalbrief reports that while it will take ... Read More

South Africa


'Life' sentence for disgraced Myeni

Former SAA chair Dudu Myeni has been declared a delinguent director in terms of the Companines Act. The Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) yesterday declared her a delinquent director for life. However, she will be able to approach the court after ... Read More

Provincial government ordered to pay subsidies

A court has ordered the Free State Government to pay non-profit organisations caring for children, the frail and elderly, more than R120m in outstanding subsidies. The legal battle began in 2002 between the province and three NPOs – Engo, the ... Read More

Ramaphosa seeks costs order against EFF

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s lawyers have hit out at the EFF for its attempt to vindicate Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s invalidated report on his CR17 campaign, saying the party is making ‘irrelevant’ arguments in the Constitutional Court. In papers filed last ... Read More

Policy Watch


2016 tax refund provisions in force

Any refunds due under any law administered by the SARS may now be offset against any outstanding debt under the 1964 Customs and Excise Act – before being offset against any other unpaid tax, duty, levy, charge, interest or penalty ... Read More

Analyses


Why Zuma’s attack on judiciary could backfire

The latest episode of Zooming with the Zumas which questioned the integrity of the judiciary and some judges was calculated to impair or had the effect of impairing the public’s confidence in the judiciary. In a Daily Maverick analysis, Omphemetse ... Read More

Excessive pricing versus excessive prosecution

While the Competition Commission – renowned for being one of the most active regulators on the African continent – appears to have surpassed even its own reputation with its latest ‘unprecedentedly vociferous’ pursuit of excessive pricing complaints (largely a result ... Read More

Rest of Africa


Aid-dependent nations 'stole' funds

Kenya's ruling elite siphoned US$3.06bn of World Bank aid payments to offshore accounts between 1990 and 2010, a new study shows. The news comes as the EU prepares to sanction Mauritius, a popular tax haven, over money ... Read More

Dos Santos seeks to revoke court order

Angola's billionaire former first-daughter Isabel dos Santos and her husband are seeking to revoke a court order that froze their assets last year as part of a massive corruption probe. Dos Santos and her Congolese husband Sindika Dokolo are ... Read More

Ethiopian diplomats 'siphoned' government funds

Documents handed to Addis Standard by a whistle-blower have revealed that funds belonging to the Ethiopian expat community in Lebanon were misappropriated by the Ethiopian Government and secretly used to pay US$600 000 worth of fees owed to an ... Read More

World


Boris Johnson avoids criminal inquiry in Arcuri case

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has avoided a criminal investigation into his relationship with the US businesswoman Jennifer Arcuri while he was Mayor of London. But he will face a further investigation into his conduct when he was mayor, after ... Read More

Two UK judges disciplined for misconduct

Two judges were disciplined for misconduct last week by the Lord Chancellor and Lord Chief Justice. In one instance, the judge was found to have accessed case records relating to someone he was giving evidence against. According to a Law ... Read More

UK employers accused of furlough fraud

Whistleblowers are unveiling fraud committed by UK employers that have used the furlough scheme to make large sums of money by falsely claiming employees are on furlough, reports Personnel Today. Charity Protect has revealed that about a third (36%) of ... Read More

Briefs


Ex-Eskom employee in court

* A former Eskom employee last week appeared in the Bloemfontein Regional Court on fraud charges for pretending to receive medical treatment. According to the charge sheet, Estelle Marie du Toit (56) defrauded the utility of R148 832, being the rand ... Read More

Municipality ordered to hand over records

* The Eastern Cape High Court (Makhanda) has ordered the Ndlambe municipality to hand over all the records that led to its decision to award a R100m tender to build a desalination plant on the banks of the Kowie River to ... Read More

Locomotives on auction

* Six of the ill-fitting locomotives purchased by Prasa under then CEO Lucky Montana will go on auction next month as part of the liquidation process of Swifambo Rail Leasing (Pty) Ltd, which was ‘corruptly’ contracted to source them. The tall ... Read More