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27 February 2021 Corruption & Governance Watch

Focus


Defiant Zuma gets his day in court

It’s been dubbed the corruption trial of the century and, for the first time, there is no turning back for former President Jacob Zuma who expressed a burning desire to have his day in court (while deploying every possible legal ... Read More

South Africa


No extra funding for Zondo Commission

No additional funding has been directed to the State Capture Commission despite the High Court this week granting it an extra three months to complete its work, As a result, the commission, chaired by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, has ... Read More

VBS liquidators sue KPMG for R863m

The liquidators of VBS Mutual Bank that collapsed due to the epic fraud and plunder by its former owners and managers is seeking to reclaim nearly R1bn from audit firm KPMG, which signed off its accounts at the time the ... Read More

Premier threatens Covid-19 criminals

Those who are responsible for corruption during the Covid-19 pandemic will be thrown behind bars and the provincial government will work hard to win back people's trust, Gauteng Premier David Makhura promised on Tuesday. ‘We will fight back through ... Read More

Policy Watch


Capital regulatory relief for banks revised

In ‘appropriately’ conserving the capital necessary to ‘retain their capacity to support the real economy’ in the face of ‘heightened’ Covid-19-related uncertainty, banks have been advised not to use ‘the benefits of the regulatory relief measures provided in 2020’ for ... Read More

Mboweni addresses objections to SARB Bill

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has explained government’s ‘fundamental objections’ to the SA Reserve Bank (SARB) Amendment Bill tabled in 2018 by the EFF’s Julius Malema and still before Parliament, reports Policy Watch. In a written reply to questions from DA ... Read More

Analyses


How SA will recover stolen funds

Government is taking decisive steps to recover assets, money and intellectual properties stolen from SOEs as part of State Capture. That’s according to Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan who said most of the funds were sent out of the country ... Read More

Rest of Africa


Bushiris obtain injunction ahead of extradition hearing

Prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife, Mary, have obtained a court injunction stopping Malawi police from arresting them. The High Court (Lilongwe) granted the injunction following reports that the authorities were planning to detain the fraud suspects. The Nyasa Times ... Read More

Swapo MP linked to ‘Fishrot’ scandal

Swapo MP Tobie Aupindi is the latest ruling party politician to be linked to the Fishrot corruption scandal. He is accused of receiving up to N$1m from Icelandic seafood company Samherji. Legalbrief reports that several suspects have been charged ... Read More

Ghanaian footballer claims loss of $1m

Ghanaian footballer Benjamin Acheampong says he has been duped out of $1m following a row with Egyptian giants Zamalek dating back to 2018. This despite the Court of Arbitration for Sport ordering the five-time African champions to pay him two ... Read More

World


Supreme Court allows access to Trump tax returns

The US Supreme Court has rejected Donald Trump’s efforts to block a New York prosecutor from obtaining his tax records, in a big blow to the former President as he grapples with several criminal probes. According to a Financial Times ... Read More

GameStop investor hit with class action lawsuit

A man who became a key player in frenzied trading of GameStop shares last month has been hit with a class action lawsuit. A BBC News report notes that Keith Gill, known as 'Roaring Kitty' on YouTube, allegedly duped retail ... Read More

BRP, former legal advisers sued over H&W liquidation

The liquidators of Harrison & White Investments (H&W) have sued the company’s directors, its business rescue practitioner (BRP) and its former legal advisers for R110m for delaying the ‘inevitable’ liquidation of the company by more than three-and-a-half years, according to ... Read More

Briefs


Mdluli’s graft trial postponed

* The Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) has postponed the trial against convicted former Crime Intelligence (CI) boss Richard Mdluli and two others. The matter was adjourned to allow Mdluli, who is serving five years' imprisonment for a kidnapping and assault case ... Read More

Ex-Eskom execs charged with fraud

* Two former Eskom executives, facing charges of fraud, corruption, money laundering, offering unauthorised gratifications and receiving unauthorised gratification in connection with Eskom Kusile R745m corruption and fraud case, appeared briefly in the Palm Ridge Commercial Crimes Court on Tuesday. ICD ... Read More

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