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29 September 2020 Corruption & Governance Watch

Focus


Strong African link to FinCEN scandal

Leaked documents involving about $2trn in transactions have revealed how some of the world's biggest banks have allowed criminals to move dirty money around the world. It's the latest in a string of leaks over the past five ... Read More

South Africa


How SAP defied graft warnings

Software giant SAP was warned five times over five years that paying commissions for help in securing public sector contracts in SA was an invitation to corruption. But, for the most part, these warnings were ignored, former SAP Africa chief ... Read More

No sign that corruption was 'slowing down' – judge

As yet more evidence of alleged corruption of Free State Government coffers were detailed before him this week, State Capture Commission Judge Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo expressed frustration and concern that corruption in SA was not disappearing. BusinessLIVE reports that Zondo ... Read More

Police among most corrupt, new report says

Police were among the most corrupt during the coronavirus pandemic, Corruption Watch says in its 2020 edition of the Analysis of Corruption Trends (ACT) report, released on Tuesday. Melusi Ncala, the primary researcher for the report, said: ‘The reports we ... Read More

Policy Watch


‘Prudent’ policies, reforms needed – SARB

While the SARB has taken ‘important steps’ to ensure ‘adequate liquidity in domestic markets’ during the Covid-19 epidemic – and ‘regulatory capital relief’ has sustained ‘lending by financial institutions to households and firms’, monetary policy ‘cannot on its own’ improve ... Read More

Analyses


Why data is the new oil – regulator

Following SA’s biggest ever data heist, Chris Barron asked the Information Regulator’s chair, Advocate Pansy Tlakula, how it is able to regulate the sale of private data by credit bureaus. In a Sunday Times Q&A, she said the Protection of ... Read More

AI systems key in identifying irregular activity

Artificial intelligence (AI) systems can be deployed to analyse data from multiple sources and identify irregular activity. Algorithms can be trained to detect patterns by wading through e-mails, text messages or audio files. In recognising patterns, these algorithms can identify ... Read More

Rest of Africa


Sanctions imposed on former Gambian first lady

The US has imposed sanctions on The Gambia's former First Lady Zineb Jammeh after accusing her of corruption during her husband Yahya Jammeh's rule. She was suspected to have helped transfer funds illegally, the US Treasury said. BBC ... Read More

Convicted administrator baits French authorities

Disgraced sports administrator Papa Massata Diack has baited French authorities by saying they will have to send special forces to Senegal if he is to serve a five-year jail term handed out to him in France for corruption. Diack, the ... Read More

Ex-President angered over Mozambique graft probe

Former Mozambican President Armando Guebuza claims he is the victim of an attempt at ‘political assassination’, and is blaming Attorney-General Beatriz Buchili whom he had appointed to the post. This after Buchili's office approached the Council of State seeking ... Read More

World


PNG Minister warns of corrupt police force

Papua New Guinea’s (PNG) police force is the most corrupt public agency in the country, engaged in drug-smuggling, gun-running and land theft, and beset by ‘a rampant culture of police ill-discipline and brutality’, its own Police Minister has said in ... Read More

Former Nissan exec denies helping CEO hide income

Former Nissan Motor Co Ltd executive Greg Kelly pleaded not guilty last week to charges that he helped his former boss Carlos Ghosn hide tens of millions of dollars in income. A Jurist report notes that Kelly’s trial began in ... Read More

Briefs


R10m scooter project blocked

* The SIU has secured an order interdicting the Eastern Cape Department of Health from going ahead with the much-maligned R10m medical scooter project. Health MEC Sindiswa Gomba, departmental Superintendent-General Dr Thobile Mbengashe and the Fabkomp (Pty) Ltd appeared before the ... Read More

Sassa loses R282m

* The SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) has lost more than R282m through fraud in the past five years. This was according to Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu, in responding to parliamentary questions from EFF MP Laetitia Arries, who asked about ... Read More

Nepotism concerns flagged

* Allegations of nepotism by former chief executive Nico Bezuidenhout formed part of a forensic investigation into various claims made by a whistle-blower at SAA subsidiary, Mango Airlines, reveals a lengthy report. Bezuidenhout resigned as CEO in August and accepted a CEO ... Read More