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01 April 2020 Corruption & Governance Watch


Battening down the hatches

Businesses, the banking sector and judiciary – in SA and elsewhere – are scrambling to restructure as the Covid-19 storm gathers strength across much of the planet. And Legalbrief reports that there was an interesting twist to the pandemic saga ... Read More

South Africa

Phahlane’s lawyers reject forensic report

The lawyers of former police boss, Lieutenant-General Khomotso Phahlane, are confident that when his trial resumes in May they will be able to punch holes in an Ipid forensic report that forms the basis of the state’s case against him ... Read More

Transnet pensioners settle on smaller payout

A legal challenge brought by Transnet pensioners against it has after seven years culminated in a settlement agreement, says a Business Day report. The settlement – yet to be made a court order – consists of a R30 000 lump ... Read More

World Cup travel agency 'jumped the gun'

In the aftermath of the 2010 World Cup, the SA Football Association (Safa) was cleared on appeal from paying nearly R14m to a travel agency after it could not supply match tickets as part of packages offered to VIPs. According ... Read More


PP ruling motivated by possible impeachment hearing

The Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) has dismissed an application by Accountability Now to have Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane declared unfit to hold office. However, in a Business Day report, legal writer Karen Maughan notes that Judge Phillip Coppin stressed that ... Read More

Rest of Africa

Botswana retailer suing PwC for R1.3bn

Botswana retailer Choppies, still mired in controversy related to accounting irregularities, is suing audit firm PwC for R1.3bn after it refused to sign off on the company’s results for the year to end-June 2018, saying there were discrepancies in ... Read More

Former resort MD files defamation suit

The former MD of the Namibia Wildlife Resort (NWR) has filed a lawsuit against her former employer claiming US$434 000 for defamation. A summons reportedly seen by The Namibian reveals that Zelna Hengari is suing the parastatal over claims ... Read More

Law society warns foreign lawyers

The Law Society of Kenya (LSK) has warned that foreign lawyers have been travelling to the country seeking to be hired by families of last year's Ethiopian Airlines crash victims. The Daily Nation reports that this began days after ... Read More


Germany fines banker €14m

Two former London bankers were handed suspended jail terms and one a €14m fine for tax fraud in a landmark trial that is likely to unleash dozens of similar cases across Germany. According to a report in The Guardian, the ... Read More

Spat over ‘missing’ face masks

Germany says it is trying to track down 6m face masks ordered to protect health workers, which have gone missing from an airport in Kenya. Der Spiegel said the shipment was due in Germany on 20 March but never arrived ... Read More


Fraud suspect arrested

* Police in Lingelethu West have arrested a 35-year-old man suspected of fraud and attempting to bribe police officers. On Monday, detectives were asked to assist Amanzimtoti SAPS to track a suspect in Ilitha Park. 'Upon arrival at the premises, the ... Read More