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18 June 2021 Corruption & Governance Watch


Strong push to regulate crypto markets

Global crypto trading values have soared over the past few years and are currently averaging in excess of $200bn a day. Understandably, SA authorities are keen to establish the identities of local investors. At the same time, notes Legalbrief, SARS ... Read More

South Africa

Unregistered rehab centre flagged

He claims to be among the best drug counsellors in the country, travelling around the world to share his story of how he went from a member of the police's drug squad to a substance abuser sleeping on a ... Read More

Gospel singer implicated in NLC scam

The arrest of popular gospel singer Dr Tumi this year sent shockwaves through the entertainment industry and among his fans. Although the matter is unfolding in a Gauteng court, it links directly back to the Vhembe region in Limpopo, and ... Read More

ConCourt delay a major reprieve for embattled Zuma

With under two weeks to go before the Zondo Commission is due to complete its work, the Constitutional Court's delay in ruling on the contempt case against Jacob Zuma appears to have ensured the former President will not testify ... Read More

Policy Watch

Crypto assets regulatory framework published

The first steps to be taken by financial sector regulators in bringing crypto assets within SA’s regulatory purview will focus on crypto asset service providers, according to a position paper released on Friday. Outlining a framework for mitigating the ‘most ... Read More

Popia banking code of conduct out for comment

The Information Regulator has called for input on a draft code of conduct for Banking Association SA members when processing personal information, reports Policy Watch. Underpinned by obligations under the 2013 Protection of Personal Information Act, among other things the ... Read More


Is the UAE ratification treaty a hollow victory?

The UAE ratification treaty with SA is a step in the right direction, but ‘means nothing so far’. That’s according to University of Johannesburg law professor Retselisitsoe Phooko who told News24 that the Gupta brothers had the right to challenge ... Read More

The ‘con’ in Edcon unpacked

For many Edgars account holders, settling the account balance and getting it closed is proving to be the hardest goodbye of their lives. And not in a good way. Here’s how it goes: the wanna-be-frees inform the company they wish ... Read More

Rest of Africa

Sentences reduced in DRC fraud case

A former presidential aide in the DRC who had been sentenced to 20 years' imprisonment in a high-profile corruption case has had his term reduced by seven years on appeal. Vital Kamerhe, who was also a former speaker of the ... Read More

Zimbabwe mines in crunch talks over US sanctions

Zimbabwe's mines are holding talks with banks, government and the Minerals Marketing Corporation of Zimbabwe (MMCZ) to find a solution after operators reported that their funds had been withheld in MMCZ's foreign accounts by the US Government. The ... Read More

Vendors defy eviction orders

Defiant informal traders are rebuilding their shacks on pavements, amid revelations that some corrupt council officials are accepting bribes to allow encroachments. Government is appealing a High Court order to stop demolitions. The Herald reports that the demolitions are not ... Read More


Trump administration accused of another cover-up

New revelations suggesting that the Trump administration abused Justice Department powers to target his political enemies underscore just how far the ex-President went to destroy cherished principles of the government. In some of the most chilling exposés yet of Donald ... Read More

Americans admit to helping motor exec flee Japan

Two Americans charged with helping former Nissan chair Carlos Ghosn flee Japan while he was facing accusations of financial misconduct have told a court that they took part in a scheme for him to escape the country. According to a ... Read More

Nun used school money to fund gambling habit

A retired nun has admitted to embezzling $835 000 over 10 years from a Catholic school in California to fund her gambling habit, according to federal prosecutors. According to a report in The Guardian, Sister Mary Margaret Kreuper (79), a ... Read More


EC man pleads guilty in bank fraud case

* An Eastern Cape man has admitted that he, a Capitec Bank staffer and a friend devised a scheme to dupe the bank out of money. Heinrich Presensie pleaded guilty to fraud and money laundering and was convicted in the Gqeberha ... Read More

Irregular expenditure soars

* Irregular expenditure at all nine provincial Health Departments has skyrocketed over the past five years, but despite the billions blown, very few contracts were cancelled. In fact, most provinces didn’t cancel contracts despite racking up high irregular expenditure bills. In ... Read More

Attorney convicted for theft

* Eastern Cape attorney Vuyani Gwebindlala has been found guilty of stealing nearly R700 000 from a client. The Mthatha Specialised Commercial Crime Court found the money Gwebindlala took was a large portion of an amount paid into Gwebindlala Attorneys' trust ... Read More


Mboweni faces reprimand

Mboweni faces reprimand   Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has the enormous task of stabilising SA’s debt and monitoring taxpayers. However, it appears he has not given much attention to his own financial affairs. Mboweni is one of 17 MPs who ... Read More

ANC to weed out ‘ghost workers’

ANC to weed out ‘ghost workers’   The ANC is auditing its employees after the party discovered a significant number of ‘ghost workers’ on the payroll. The issue of ghost workers emerged in the struggle to find money to pay ... Read More

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